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Sudan

Basic Indicators

Source: CIA: The World Factbook, UNICEF: The State of the World's Children Report

Population: 36,787,000 (2011)
National language: Arabic, English 
Per capita income: US$ 1,230/year (2009)
Life expectancy: 55 (2011)
% of population using
improved drinking water sources:
57% (2008)
% of population using
adequate sanitation facilities:
34% (2008)
Under 5 Mortality Rate: 68/1,000 live births (2011)

Sponsor a child today! Sudan is located in Central Africa directly south of Egypt. It has a long history of political instability and civil war - especially between the north and the now independent south. An ongoing conflict in the western region of Darfur has also displaced nearly two million people and caused an estimated 400,000 deaths.

Nearly 80 percent of Sudanese rely on agriculture as their primary source of income and food. The country’s main crops include cotton, sorghum, millet, wheat and peanuts. Sudan also has substantial oil reserves which it has recently started exporting, resulting in some economic growth.

Plan works with over 500,000 children and their families in Sudan, focusing on fostering community dialogue, building cross-cultural understanding, and promoting children’s rights. Except in emergency situations, Plan does not provide direct assistance. Instead, we help communities develop, grow and, ultimately, support themselves.

Hear from the children

An essential part of Plan's work is empowering children to discuss the issues that matter to them and to take part in decisions that affect their lives. To help you learn about these issues, the children in Plan communities have put together a series of publications called "See Our World": Read what the children have to say about their lives.