About Sudan

LGBT rights in Sudan

Law regarding same-sex sexual activity

Same-sex sexual activity is illegal in Sudan. The Criminal Act, 1991 provides as follows:[1]

Article 19. Attempt is the commission of an act which apparently indicates the intention to commit an offence, where the offence has not been consumated, due to a cause beyond the offender’s will.

Article 20. (1) Whoever attempts to commit an offence shall be punished with imprisonment, for a term, which may not exceed one-half of the maximum term prescribed for that offence….

(2) Where the penalty of any one offence is death …, punishment for attempt thereof shall be imprisonment, for a term, not exceeding seven years.

Article 148. (1) There shall be deemed to commit sodomy, every man who penetrates his glans, or the equivalent thereof, in the anus of … another man’s, or permits another man to penetrate his glans, or its equivalent, in his anus.

(2)(a) whoever commits the offence of sodomy, shall be punished, with whipping[Note 1] a hundred lashes, and he may also be punished with imprisonment for a term, not exceeding five years;

(b) where the offender is convicted for the second time, he shall be punished, with whipping a hundred lashes, and with imprisonment, for a term, not exceeding five years;

(c) where the offender is convicted for the third time, he shall be punished, with death, or with life imprisonment.

Article 151. (1) There shall be deemed to commit the offence of gross indecency, whoever … does any sexual act, with another person not amounting to … sodomy, and he shall be punished, with whipping, not exceeding forty lashes, and he may also be punished, with imprisonment, for a term, not exceeding one year, or with fine.[Note 2]

(2) Where the offence of gross indecency is committed in a public place … the offender shall be punished, with whipping not exceeding eighty lashes, and he may also be punished, with imprisonment, for a term, not exceeding two years, or with fine.

Article 152. (1) Whoever commits, in a public place, an act, or conducts himself in an indecent manner, or a manner contrary to public morality, or wears an indecent, or immoral dress, which causes annoyance to public feelings, shall be punished, with whipping, not exceeding forty lashes, or with fine, or with both.

(2) The act shall be deemed contrary to public morality, if it is so considered in the religion of the doer, or the custom of the country where the act occurs.

Nuba tribal society in the 1930s

Siegfried Frederick Nadel wrote about the Nuba tribes in the late 1930s.[2]

He noted that among the Otoro, a special transvestitic role existed whereby men dressed and lived as women. Transvestitic homosexuality also existed amongst the Moru, Nyima, and Tira people, and reported marriages of Korongo londo and Mesakin tubele for the bride price of one goat.

In the Korongo and Mesakin tribes, Nadel reported a common reluctance among men to abandon the pleasure of all-male camp life for the fetters of permanent settlement.

Both tribes feel strongly that marriage and sex life are inimical to physical strength. … Young married men … will spend four or five nights with their wives in the village and then return for a fortnight or month to the cattle camp…. They would tell you that they “dislike living in the village”. I have even met men of forty and fifty who spent most of their nights with the young folk in the cattle camps rather that at home in the village. … Behind this grudging submission to marital and adult life in general, behind the secondary sentiments of fondness of camp life and male company, we discover the primary, and quite open, fear of sex as the destroyer of virility. Not sex in the ephemeral, physical sense – the adolescent incontinence of these tribes precludes this – but sex transformed into a permanent fetter, spiritual (as love) and social (as marriage). We will not probe the psychological depth of this antagonism. Let me only point out two things: first, that it occurs in a matrilineal society, that is, a society in which the fruits of procreation are not the man’s. And, secondly, that it is accompanied, not only on the strong emphasis on male companionship, but also, in the domain of the abnormal, by widespread homosexuality and transvesticism.[2]:pages: 299–300

Living conditions

Same-sex sexual relations have divided some religious communities. In 2006, Abraham Mayom Athiaan, a bishop in South Sudan, led a split from the Episcopal Church of Sudan for what he regarded as a failure by the church leadership to condemn homosexuality sufficiently strongly.[3]

The U.S. Department of State‘s 2011 human rights report found that,

The law prohibits sodomy …; however, there were no reports of antisodomy laws being applied. There were no known lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) organizations. Official discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity occurred. Societal discrimination against LGBT persons was widespread. Vigilantes targeted suspected gay men and lesbians for violent abuse, and there were public demonstrations against homosexuality.

The first LGBT association of the country, Rainbow Sudan, was founded on 9 February 2012. Its founder, known as Mohammed, said,

A dear friend of mine gave me the idea of funding Sudan Rainbow. We started working together for it and even now he helps me a lot in this project. Now we have a couple of groups that work online and offline. We form a small network of people working in an organized way to advance as much as possible LGBTQ issues, to show who we are, to stop discrimination, to see our rights recognized. We provide sexual education, psychological and emotional support, protection.

Q&A about sudan

Khartoum is of course the capital of Sudan. But what is the populous city which houses the famous tomb of the Mahdi? 

Omdurman. Omdurman lies to the west of the Nile, opposite Khartoum and Khartoum North. It is the key locus of commerce in Sudan. During the Mahdist uprising and war in the late 1800s, Omdurman served as military headquarters and then (temporarily) capital. The Mahdi’s tomb is in the city. Over time, it became the commercial center of Sudan, and is famous for its souqs (markets).

Sudan has a series of ancient pyramids and stelae. Which kingdom, in what is modern Sudan, controlled Egypt during the 25th Dynasty? The Geography of Sudan

Kush. The Kingdom of Kush, which was primarily located in the eastern half of what is now Sudan, conquered Egypt in roughly 727 B.C. The Twenty-fifth Dynasty of Egypt, under Kush control, lasted about 75 years. During and following the period when Kushite kings ruled as pharaoh of Egypt, Kush built hundreds of pyramids in the three cities that successively ruled Kush. The building was particularly active in Meroe, the third capital. Kush developed a distinctive style for their “Nubian pyramids,” generally smaller and steeper than most Egyptian pyramids.

About 97 percent of Sudan’s population follows this dominant religion. What is this religion? The Geography of Sudan

Islam. The vast majority of the people living in Sudan are of mixed Arab and Nubian background and practice Islam. In what was the southern part of Sudan, however, the majority are animists or to a smaller extent Christians. These religious differences, among other factors, contributed to the civil wars between the north and south that have plagued Sudan since independence in 1956. On July 9th, 2011, South Sudan became an independent nation.

What is (are) the official language(s) of Sudan? The Geography of Sudan

Arabic and English. The country has two official languages according to its constitution: Standard Arabic and English. The spoken Arabic, especially in the north of the country, is a blend unique to Sudan of Egyptian and Arabian Arabic. The southern half of Sudan sees an increasing prominence of Dinka and other tribal languages. In all, more than 140 languages are spoken. English, of course, is an official language as a result of the colonial period from the late 1800s until independence in 1956.

Sudan borders seven countries with border lengths ranging from 109 miles (175km) to 1,357 miles (2184 km). With which country does Sudan share its shortest border? The Geography of Sudan

Central African Republic. At 109 miles, Sudan’s shortest border is with the Central African Republic. It also has borders with Libya (238 miles), Eritrea (376 miles), Ethiopia (478 miles), Egypt (792 miles), Chad (845 miles), and South Sudan (1,357 miles).

In the 21st century, what has been Sudan’s most valuable known natural resource? The Geography of Sudan

Petroleum. Petroleum, or crude oil, has become Sudan’s major export commodity and largest natural resource. Following oil exploration in the 1970s and 1980s, often interrupted by civil war in Sudan, the country began exporting oil products in 1999. Oil has become the dominant export, accounting for at least two-thirds of export revenues. Estimates vary greatly, but by 2009, the Sudanese government estimated that oil production was up to about 520,000 barrels a day. Oil reserves have been estimated at five billion barrels. Sudan also has extensive natural gas reserves, as well as other natural resources such as uranium, chromium, gold, silver, manganese, lead, zinc, and copper.

Sudan is nearly, but not quite, landlocked. What body of water borders the northeast section of the country? 

Red Sea . The northeast portion of Sudan borders on the Red Sea, between Egypt and Eritrea. The coastline is about 400 miles long (470 miles counting its inlets and turns) and composed of many coastal lagoons, called marsas, and a good amount of coral reefs. Port Sudan is the principal city on the coast and is a major transportation hub for the country.

The northern portion of Sudan, other than the Nile valley, consists largely of desert. Which major desert(s) is (are) represented? 

Nubian and the Libyan Deserts. Northern Sudan is a dry, often rainless region. The rich Nile Valley cuts its way through it, generally south to north but forming a large meandering “S” shape. Other than that valley, the region consists of desert: rocky soil with sand dunes, some rocky outcroppings, frequent sandstorms, and almost no permanent cities. The Libyan Desert lies to the west of the river, and the Nubian Desert to the east. Both of these are of course part of the vast Sahara Desert, which stretches across northern Africa. The fertile strip of the Nile Valley only extends about 1.2 miles in either direction from the Nile’s edge.

The Nile is usually considered the longest river in the world. Where do the Blue Nile and the White Nile converge to form the Nile proper? 

The city of Khartoum. The Blue Nile and the White Nile are the major tributaries of the Nile proper. From their convergence at Khartoum, the Nile continues northward to the Mediterranean. The White Nile and then the combined Nile run the full length south-to-north of Sudan. The White Nile enters Sudan from Uganda on the south, and the Blue Nile enters from Ethiopia in the east. The river exits Sudan in the north, flowing into Egypt. The Nile’s drainage basin is enormous, covering most of the Sudan and, dramatically, about 10 percent of the entire land area of Africa. Khartoum was founded in 1821 as a commercial outpost and grew to become the capital of Sudan. Incidentally, there is a debate about whether the Nile or the Amazon is the longest river in the world. What is certain is that more than half of the Nile’s 4,000+ miles flow through Sudan.

Most people would not associate Sudan with the exportation of sportsmen. Several Sudanese, however, have made it big in a particular sport. Which ball game did players such as Manute Bol excel at? 

Basketball. As well as Manute Bol, who in his time was the tallest basketball player to appear in the NBA, two other Sudanese have made appearances, however briefly. They were Deng Gai (Philadelphia 76ers) and Luol Deng (Chicago Bulls and Great Britain national team). Sudan also boasts the oldest football (soccer) league in the whole of Africa. It was founded in the late 1920s and was known as the Khartoum State League. Todd Matthews-Jouda is noted for being an American hurdler who switched nationalities to compete for Sudan at the 2004 Summer Olympics.

Sudan is mainly flat plains, but there are some mountains. What is the name of the highest peak in Sudan? 

Deriba Caldera. Deriba Caldera is between 5km and 8km across. It is located in Dafur in western Sudan. It was formed by an explosive eruption of the Jebel Marra Volcano roughly 3,500 years ago. It’s centre is filled by a lake.

Now that South Sudan is a separate entity, there is one recognised capital city for Sudan (there were previously two). Which city, associated with a famous Englishman, is it?

Khartoum. Before the southern part of Sudan was given autonomy in 2005 Khartoum was the national capital. When home rule was established in the south, Juba was adopted as the capital. Khartoum was again recognised as the single national capital in 2011. The famous Englishman is, of course, General Gordon.

Being an independent country, Sudan obviously has its own currency. What is it? 

Sudanese Pound. Immediately following independence, Sudan began to replace the circulating Egyptian currency with its own. In 1992, the pound was replaced by the dinar at an exchange rate of 1 dinar to 10 pounds. It didn’t seem to be too popular in the south, however, where prices were still quoted in pounds. In 2007, according to the peace agreement between the two factions in the civil war, a new Sudanese Pound was introduced throughout the country. This was issued at an exchange rate of 1 pound to 10 dinar or 100 (old) pounds. The qirush is a division of a pound.

In February 2003, militants in a region of western Sudan began a revolt against the government. What is this region called? 

Darfur. The conflict began because the inhabitants of Darfur accused the central government of favouring Arabs over black Africans. On the rebel side were the Sudan Liberation Movement and the Justice and Equality Movement. On the government side were the Sudanese military and a group called Janjaweed, which was mainly made up of Afro-Arabs. Mortality figures from the conflict vary widely, depending on the organisation. A UN estimate is in excess of 400,000 people, with at least the same number of displaced persons.

Before Sudan was split in to two separate nations in 2011, which part was predominantly Christian? 

South . This religious split in the country was the main cause of the civil wars that plagued Sudan for almost fifty years. The northern, Islamic part tried to dominate the southern, predominantly Christian part. In 2005, a peace accord was signed between the two factions giving autonomy to the south for a six year period, this autonomy ultimately led to the nation of South Sudan becoming a reality.

During the nineteenth century Sudan came under the control of a European country. Which colonial power remained in control until the mid 20th century? 

Britain. Following Britain’s occupation of Egypt in 1882, there was a period of Anglo-Egyptian rule in Sudan. From 1924 onwards there were several attempts to gain Sudanese independence, but they all failed. In 1953, Britain and Egypt finally signed a treaty which guaranteed Sudanese independence from January 1st 1956.

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