Learn About Sudan, Understand the Conflict, and How to Help

To gain a better understanding of what led to this conflict and what is currently happening we have compiled a list of books and other resources the library has to offer. 

People still in Sudan and Sudanese refugees in neighboring countries are in dire need of medical supplies and other assistance. 

At the end of the resource list are suggestions for ways to help the humanitarian effort to bring aid to the innocent civilians. 

Book cover: Sudan   Author: Corina Jeffries

Read and Learn About Sudan: 


Author: Corina Jeffries  "Sudan has more ancient pyramids than any other country on Earth. Despite the devastation of colonialism and civil wars, the peoples of Sudan have developed and maintained rich cultural traditions."-- Provided by publisher. 

Book cover: A Line in The River: Khartoum, City of Memory   Author: Jamal Mahjoub

A Line in The River: Khartoum, City of Memory 

Author: Jamal Mahjoub  

"A moving portrait, part history, part memoir, of Sudan - once the largest most diverse country in Africa - and its self-destruction."--Provided by publisher

Book cover: River Spirit    Author: Leila Aboulela

River Spirit  

Author: Leila Aboulela 

"This enchanting and eye-opening new novel from Caine Prize winner Leila Aboulela follows an embattled young woman coming of age during the Mahdist War in nineteenth-century Sudan, and illuminates the tensions that shape her course: between Britain and Sudan, Christianity and Islam, colonizer and colonized."--Dust jacket flap. 

Book cover: The translator : a tribesman's memoir of Darfur   Author: Daoud Hari

The translator : a tribesman's memoir of Darfur 

Author: Daoud Hari  

“This is a harrowing memoir of how one person has made a difference: Daoud Hari helped inform the world about the genocide in Darfur.” --From publisher description. 

Book cover: A long walk to water: a novel   Author: Linda Sue Park

A long walk to water: a novel 

Author: Linda Sue Park  

“When the Sudanese civil war reaches his village in 1985, eleven-year-old Salva becomes separated from his family and must walk with other Dinka tribe members through southern Sudan, Ethiopia, and Kenya in search of safe haven.” 

Book cover: The Red Pencil   Author: Andrea Davis Pinkney  

The Red Pencil 

Author: Andrea Davis Pinkney  

“After her tribal village is attacked by militants, Amira, a young Sudanese girl, must flee to safety at a refugee camp, where she finds hope and the chance to pursue an education in the form of a single red pencil and the friendship and encouragement of a wise elder.” 

Image of film available on Kanopy: You Will Die At Twenty

Films About Sudan Available in Kanopy: 

You Will Die At Twenty 

Director: Amjad Abu Alala 

“An auspicious debut and Sudan’s first Oscar submission, Shortly after his birth, the holy man of the village predicts that Muzamil will die at age 20. His father, unable to stand the curse, leaves home forcing Sakina to raise her son as an overly protective single mother. One day, Muzamil turns 19...” 

Image of film available on Kanopy: All About Darfur

All About Darfur  

Director: Taghreed Elsanhouri 

“A Sudanese immigrant to the UK returns to her homeland to understand why the seemingly racially harmonious country of her memories has become the scene of one of the worst instances of ethnic cleansing in recent history.” 

Image of film available on Kanopy: Khartoum Offside

Khartoum Offside  

Director: Marwa Zein 

“Sara is one of the pioneers and the team’s coach. She struggles not only with a lack of money, support and facilities, but also with bureaucratic problems: because she comes from South Sudan, the authorities make it difficult for her to stay in Khartoum.” 

Image of film available on Kanopy: The Heart of Nuba

The Heart of Nuba  

Director: Kenneth A. Carlson 

“Welcome to the war-torn Nuba Mountains of Sudan, where American Doctor Tom Catena selflessly and courageously serves the needs of a forgotten people, as the region is bombed relentlessly by an indicted war criminal, Omar Al-Bashir. Two things remain constant: Dr. Tom's faith and his enduring love for the Nuba people.” 

Music CD cover: The Rough Guide to the music of Sudan 

Check out other materials DPPL offers related to Sudan: 

The Rough Guide to the music of Sudan 

World Music Network 

How to Help Sudan:

Keep Eyes on Sudan

Keep Eyes on Sudan  

Check out this website to learn about Sudan, what is going on, and ways for anyone around the world to take action for the victims trapped in Sudan.  

You can also read more by Sudanese authors from around the world here:

Sudanese Literature Archive

Sudanese Literature Archive 

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