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Sudan Government vs Militias

Also called: Sudan Civil War

Years: 1983-2017
Battle deaths: 73,705 [1]
Non-state conflict, battle-deaths: 7,639 [3]
Onesided violence: 19,476 [2]

Nation(s) involved and/or conflict territory [note]

Published prior to 2013 | Updated: 2018-08-12 15:08:04
The civil war in Sudan is a conflict between the Sudanese Government in Sudan and several militant groups of which some (for example SPLA) strive for an independent south and some (SLA, JEM) for an independent Darfur. The war has been ongoing since the 1980ies. The conflict in Darfur intensified in 2003.

UCDP: "Prior to independence from Britain in 1956, there was a distinct division between southern and northern Sudan. Until 1946, the two regions were administered as separate entities, with northern Sudan being governed by the British protectorate Egypt, while the British themselves administered the southern part. There were large differences between the regions, geographically and culturally, as well as developmentally. Whereas the Arab Muslim north was, and still is, more advanced, the south, which is mainly inhabited by Christian and Animist Africans, was, and continues to be, remote and underdeveloped. When the two regions came together as one country, the colonial rulers handed over power to the Moslem elite in the north, and thus began the northern domination with subsequent tension between the two regions."

Source: Uppsala Conflict Data Program (Date of retrieval: ) UCDP Conflict Encyclopedia, Uppsala University


Data Sources

[1] Battle deaths: PRIO Battle Deaths Dataset v3.0 (link) (1946-88) #113 UCDP Battle-Related Deaths Dataset v. 5-2017 (link) (1989-2017) #309
Low: 54,724 High: 168,515

[2] UCDP One-sided Violence Dataset v. 1.4-2017 (link) including actors: / Government of Sudan / SPLM/A / SSDF / Janjaweed / JEM / SLM/A / SLM/A - MM
Low: 18,986 High: 77,546

[3] UCDP Non-State Conflict Dataset UCDP Non-State Conflict Dataset v. 2.5-2017 (link) including dyads: / SPLM/A vs SSDF / SPLM/A vs SPLM/A - WN / SPLM/A vs SPLM/A - AH / SPLM/A vs WNBF / LRA vs SPLM/A / SPLM/A vs UNRF II / SSDF vs SSUM/A / SPLM/A vs SSUM/A / PDF vs SSDF / Janjaweed vs JEM / Janjaweed vs SLM/A / SLM/A vs SLM/A - MM / Janjaweed - Bin Kulaib faction vs Janjaweed - Moro faction / SPLM/A-North vs SPLM/A-North - MA faction
Low: 7,629 High: 8,762

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NOTE! Nation data for this war may be inconlusive or incomplete. In most cases it reflects which nations were involved with troops in this war, but in some it may instead reflect the contested territory.



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