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Khartoum Quran Contest to Be Held with 70 Contenders

SHAFAQNA - An official with the organizing committee of Sudan’s 9th international Quran competition said 70 Quran memorizers will take part in the contest . Maaz Fatih al-Hajj said the total number of the participants, who will compete…

UN images reveal 18,000 destroyed structures in South Sudan

SHAFAQNA - United Nations satellite images obtained by The Associated Press show at least 18,000 structures have been destroyed in the Yei area of South Sudan. It is one of the most significant caches of evidence of widespread destruction in…

African exodus - Over 4,000 South Sudanese fleeing into Uganda daily says UN

SHAFAQNA - Recent fighting in South Sudan has forced 37,491 people to flee to Uganda in the past three weeks, averaging more than 4,000 a day in the past week, the United Nations refugee agency warned today. “To put this in context, more…

Winners of Sudan’s Int’l Quran Competition Awarded

SHAFAQNA- Ahmad Hashim Ahmad, a member of the organizing committee, said that the ceremony was held in the capital city with Omar Hassan Al-Bashir, the president of Sudan, in attendance. The program began with Quran recitation by Zakiyye…

Mozambique’s Memorizer Youngest Contender in Sudan Int’l Quran Contest

SHAFAQNA- Zakiya Abubakr is competing in the category of memorization of the entire Holy Quran, the website of Sudan’s Holy Quran Association reported. She has learned the entire Holy Book in three narrations of Hafs, Shuba and al-Sousi. Zakya…

Sudan remains in crisis despite 60 years of independence. Political elite blamed

SHAFAQNA - Sudan January marked the 60th anniversary of its independence from British colonialism on January 1, but the event was marked against a background where political leaders have failed to find solutions to the country’s political,…

Sudan's struggle with human trafficking

SHAFAQNA - Haddas Sisay, a young woman from Eritrea, had hoped to reach Italy via Sudan -- but her hopes were dashed when she was abducted by human traffickers in Sudan’s eastern region. For two grueling months, she was held in the Tasanai…

South Sudan: Uncovered Evidence of Forced Cannibalism, Blood drinking, Rape, and Dismemberment

SHAFAQNA- The report, released late on Tuesday, is the outcome of an investigation by the The African Union Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan (AUCISS) that accuses both the government and rebels in South Sudan of carrying out the extreme…