Past to Present
Sudan is a relatively new country. Previously called Anglo-Egyptian Sudan, it gained independence from the United Kingdom and Egypt on 1 January 1956. Yet young as it is, it has a rich history. It is considered a treasure trove for archaeologists, due to the large number of prehistoric artefacts.
Sudan’s post-independence history has been tumultuous, characterised by multiple coups and economic woes. These were exacerbated by international tensions – and later sanctions – following the government’s decision to allow terrorist leader Osama bin Laden to reside in Khartoum in the 1990s.
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