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Sudan War (January 2010)

Sudan War (January 2010)

by freeform | January 8, 2010
  • In 2009, some 2,500 people were killed and 350,000 fled their homes.
  • Much of the violence is taking place in remote rural areas, where communities are often poorest and most difficult to reach. Many of the victims have been women and children.
  • Less than half the population has access to safe drinking water.
  • A pregnant woman in southern Sudan has a greater chance of dying from pregnancy-related complications than a woman almost anywhere else in the world.
  • One in seven children will die before their fifth birthday.
  • Close to 90 per cent of southern Sudanese women cannot read or write.
  • The insecurity, together with erratic rainfall in 2009, has led to a sharply deteriorating humanitarian situation. Cultivation has been disrupted; livelihoods have been destroyed; and critically needed development activities have stalled, which in turn perpetuates the risk of further violence.
  • When the Comprehensive Peace Agreement was signed, a six-year interim period was agreed from 2005 to 2011, in which time a number of key benchmarks were to be achieved. However, implementation is massively behind schedule.
  • Key issues such as the demarcation of the oil-rich north– south border and the wealth sharing of oil and other revenues, are still not agreed.

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