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Humanitarian Agenda 2015; Sudan Country Study


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Resource type:Research, reports and studies
Keywords:Conflict, violence & peace, Development & humanitarian aid
Agency:Feinstein International Center, Tufts University
Author(s):Mowjee, T.
Date published:July 2006

Sudan has been torn by conflict and political strife throughout its history. As a result of the various conflicts, the political and economic situation in different parts of Sudan is very different. Discussions with a group of international NGOs (INGOs) in Khartoum highlighted the fact that there was tension between human rights and local traditions, so INGOs have to be pragmatic.

Sudan had a direct link with Al Qaeda because Osama bin Laden settled there in 1991 and remained until 1996, when he moved to Afghanistan. However, after 9/11, the government decided to cooperate fully with the United States on terrorism. It has been argued that this was because the Sudanese government wished to avoid being added to the US’s list of targets after Afghanistan and also because it was desperate to end US sanctions and attract American oil investors. The issue of taking a political stance has been much more acute for aid agencies in Darfur.


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