By RIDA ALI, age 11
Lives In: Al-Ubayyid, capital of the state of North Kurdufan in Sudan
Siblings: Three brothers and four sisters
Languages Spoken: Arabic
Favorite Food: Shaya (fried meat). He also loves cakes and cookies.
Hobbies: Soccer and running sports
Place He Would Most Love to Visit: Egypt and the United States
Favorite Animal: Horse
Favorite School Subject: Mathematics
What He Wants to be When He Grows Up: Soccer player
Sudan at a Glance:
Official country name: Republic Of the Sudan
Population: Estimated 40 million
Official languages: Arabic and English. However there are approximately 70 native languages spoken in Sudan.
- Sudan is the third largest country in the continent of Africa and the 16th largest country in the world.
- The name “Sudan” comes from the arabic phrase bilal al-sudan, meaning “land of the blacks.”
- Ancient ancestors of indigenous Sudanese built a glorious civilization known as the Kingdom of Kush.
- In 1899, Egypt and Britain occupied Sudan. In 1956, Sudan regained its independence.
- Sudan was one country until South Sudan separated and became its own country in 2011.