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Total Population (millions)34.9
Life expectancy at birth (years)56.4
GDP per Capita (PPP US $)1,910
Adult Literacy Rate (% age 15 and above)59.0
Combined primary, secondary and tertiary gross enrolment ratio (%)38

Sudan is the largest country in Africa. It has borders with Egypt, Libya, Chad, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia and Eritrea. Long-term development has been challenged by Sudan’s civil war, which lasted 21 years and led to the death of more than 2 million people and the displacement of millions more.

The conflict in Sudan came to an official end on 9 January 2005 with the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement between the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) and the Sudanese government. Following that agreement, a Government of National Unity was formed and was sworn in on 9 July 2005. However, the recent death of Dr John Garang, leader of the SPLM and First Vice President of Sudan, in a helicopter crash on 30 July 2005, could further complicate the fragile situation in Sudan.

This peace agreement is a huge achievement for Sudan and democratic elections are due to be held in the country within four years. A Government of Southern Sudan will also be formed and after six and a half years the south will be able to vote on whether or not to remain united with the rest of the country.

Despite the progress made with the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, conflict continues in Darfur, western Sudan.

The most recent Human Development Report ranks Sudan at 141, with a low human development rating status. The Human Development Index (HDI) value is 0.512 compared to the HDI of the UK, which is 0.939.

WER, through our GIK programme, has provided humanitarian relief to the region of Darfur.

WER is working in southern Sudan in partnership with All Nations Christian Care (ANCC) Uganda.

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These are our current projects in SUDAN:

Humanitarian support to southern Sudan

WER is working with ANCC Uganda to provide humanitarian assistance to southern Sudan, where large numbers of people do not have access to basic social services, such as health care, education, safe water and food security.

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The factual information on each of the countries has been published in the United Nations Human Development Report 2005. Please refer to this document for more comprehensive information.

The FCO also provides detailed country profiles, explaining the history and politics of each of the countries. (FCO web site)