In 2003, rebels in Darfur took up arms to force President Omar al-Bashir's Arab-dominated government to deliver greater autonomy and better governance to the neglected region.
Sudan's size and ethnic diversity have made the country hard to govern. Lack of government attention to far-flung regions has been at the root of wars in Darfur and South Sudan.
As voting ended today in Sudan's election, voters in the south complained about being unable to find their names on the voter rolls. Jimmy Carter says the election is a major stepping stone in the peace process.
A child picks up flags left behind after candidate Salva Kiir hosted an election rally in Juba, Sudan, on April 9. The people of Southern Sudan cast ballots in a national election for the first time in more than two decades on April 11. Sudan's elections commission on April 12 announced a two-day extension to the voting after many voters experienced delays.
As people vote in the Sudan election, a recent report says that $700 million – perhaps much more – may have been underpaid to South Sudan since a 2005 peace agreement mandated the sharing of oil revenues with Khartoum in the North.
Day 1 of the complicated three-day election in Sudan ended without violence. Despite a widespread boycott by opposition parties and allegations of fraud, many voters seemed happy just to cast their ballots.
In the Sudan elections that should have offered a choice between unity or southern secession, political Islam or secular governance, only President Omar Al-Bashir's party is running. Twelve parties are boycotting the vote.
The main opposition party did not back off from its announced boycott of the upcoming Sudan election, the country's first vote in 24 years. President Omar al-Bashir says that the vote must proceed.
A youth plays with an empty camera as he takes a break from fishing in Lake Azuei, near the border with the Dominican Republic in Malpasse, Haiti, on April 1. Fish from Lake Azuei sell for 50 cents at local street markets.
Sudan’s leading opposition party candidate Yasir Arman pulled out of the Sudan April 11 election today, citing concerns of voter fraud and insecurity in the Darfur region.