FAQ: Sudan Independence

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What Was the Cause of Division in the Nation?

Sudan, a nation that gained independence from Egypt and the United Kingdom in 1956, is split between a mostly Arab and Muslim north and a mostly African South. The conflict, historically, has been due to northerners attempting to unify the nation using Islam and Arabism, much to the displeasure of those in the south. Southerners also accuse the northern-controlled government of discriminating against them. As a result of leaders from the Arab north attempting to push their agenda, civil strife between the two sides often occurred throughout the years.

(Photo: AP Photo/Pete Muller)

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