Against this backdrop of bloody conflict, generations of children have been born, mostly into extreme poverty in a country that has had its infrastructures ravaged by war and its economy shattered. Sudan has been described at the World's worst humanitarian crisis, and its war problems have been compounded by harsh famines, illness and disease. Today, with its 43.85 million (2020) population, the country and its people faces an uncertain and still dangerous future. Its hard to imagine living in a land where there is only one trained doctor for every 100,000 people, where more than half of all children don't attend school so will struggle to find employment in a country where so many don't work and where a quarter of a million people are living in refugee camps along the Chad border.
But worse than that, as Sudan has had little more than a decade of stability since its independence, so many children have grown up knowing nothing but fear, conflict, death of family members, rape and abduction to be trafficked elsewhere. It is these scars that will take the longest to heal as Sudanese children do not have any concept of normality to cascade down to their children to help build a brighter future. Work programs in the Sudan help hundreds of thousands and include getting food supplies to severely malnourished children, running orphanages, water projects, education projects, providing seeds and tools, and very simple yet effective ideas such as the provision of chickens so families have an additional source of food and are able to sell surplus eggs for additional monies for the necessities of life.
In late 2018 the country was rocked by a wave of populist protests when the Sudanese government imposed a tripling of the price of goods in a country where inflation was already running at 70%. Bashir dug in but was eventually forced to resign in April 2019 and a three month state of emergency was declared with protests continuing until the Forces for Freedom and Change and Sudan's Traditional Military Council, who had stepped in after Bashir's downfall, signed a Draft Constitutional Declaration in August 2019 in which it was agreed that there would be a transition process adminsitered by a Sovereignty Council of three years and three months, initially led by a military figure, General Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman al-Burhan for 21 months, followed by a civilian leader for 18 months with the full restoration to civilian control in November 2021.
Despite this, military officers, still loyal to Bashir attempted a military coup in September 2021, which was thwarted by government forces. On 16 October 2021 the military seized power again and Al-Burhan dissolved the Sovereignty Council, and established himself as the current de facto head of state of Sudan and the Commander-In-Chief of the Sudanese Armed Force. On 31th December 2021 Al-Burhan stated he was committed to holding 'free, fair, and transparent elections' in July 2023. On this page you can explore facts and information about Sudan in a series of articles and videos together with news about Sudan.