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The Conflict between Sudan and South Sudan: Two Nations, One Conflict

The tensions between Sudan and its neighbour South Sudan are increasing after clashes along the border between the two countries.

South Sudan, which became the world’s most recent independent nation on the 9th July 2011, is demanding control over several key oil fields on the border with Sudan, and also the disputed region of Abyei. Both countries have appealed to the UN and the Foreign Ministers from the two nations have held talks to discuss a peace programme, but both the appeals and the talks came to nothing. Both nations are now launching attacks at each other across the border, and this looks set to continue for many months. The more experienced Sudanese Army, however, have the edge.

The South Sudanese have many other problems as well as the growing threat from the Sudanese Army. Over five million people in South Sudan are currently starving as a result of famine, and many are dying as a result. Aid agencies are sending food out to South Sudan, but it doesn’t seem to be enough.

Religion may also play a part in these problems. The population of Sudan is largely Muslim, while the population of South Sudan is largely Christian. While the two countries were united, Christians suffered massive persecution from the Muslim government. This was most apparent in the region of Darfur, where thousands of Christians were, and still are, killed and forced to leave their homes.


















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