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The protracted armed conflict in Sudan and South Sudan has taken an enormous toll on the lives of the Sudanese people since it first gained its independence in 1956. There have been two protracted civil wars in Sudan’s history, 1955-1972 and from 1983-2005. Estimates range widely in the number of people that have been killed, including, as many as 2.5 million. In addition, it has been estimated that some 20,000 boys were either orphaned or separated from their parents as a result of the second protracted armed conflict alone. Further, a referendum that was held in January 2011 on the question of whether Southern Sudan should become independent received a 98 percent vote in favour of independence. Consequently, on July 9, 2011, South Sudan became an independent state.

The UNHCR’s recently released annual Global Trends report has noted that 55 percent of all refugees in the world today come from five affected countries, namely, Afghanistan, Somalia, Iraq, Syria and Sudan. It is noteworthy that Sudan and South Sudan are on the limited list of countries that account for the majority of the world’s refugees. The UNHCR Global Trends reported underscored the point that war remains the dominant cause of refugees in the world today.
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Explanation of Symposium Structure

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In collaboration and consultation with several internal and external experts on Sudan, the Planning Committee has attempted to create and construct spaces over the course of a two-day symposium period that will allow participants to collectively meet the following objectives:

Sudan/South Sudan Symposium Evaluation Report

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