Desperate poverty, famine, and civil war--these are the images that
most people have of Sudan. In fact, for nearly all of its modern history
as an independent nation the people of Sudan have been at war with
themselves.Sudan's Arab-dominated government in Khartoum has attempted
to impose Islamic law on the entire population--including black
Africans in the south who practice Christianity and native religions.
This has led to a civil war in which 2 million people have been killed
and 4 million forced to leave their homes. In recent years both sides
have agreed to stop fighting and attempt to negotiate a peaceful settlement
to the long-running conflict. However, a new crisis has developed
in the western region known as Darfur. Only time will tell
whether efforts to bring the people of Sudan together will succeed.
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