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Sudan sees big changes with creation of South Sudan

By Isma'il Kushkush, For CNN
A woman walks by a building with a map of Sudan painted on it in the town of Yambio, south Sudan, on January 15.
A woman walks by a building with a map of Sudan painted on it in the town of Yambio, south Sudan, on January 15.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Officials said Sudan will lose one quarter of its area
  • The population will drop by 8 million
  • South Sudan is to become the world's newest country on Saturday
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Khartoum, Sudan (CNN) -- Sudan will drop in size by one quarter and lose 8 million people from its population when the state of South Sudan comes into being in a few days, a Sudanese official said Tuesday.

"Sudan has lost a quarter of its size with the creation of the state of South Sudan; its size has decreased from 2.5 million square kilometers to 1.881 million square kilometers," Abdullah al-Sadiq, head of the Sudanese National Survey Authority, told journalists.

South Sudan is to become the world's newest country on Saturday after Southern Sudanese voted overwhelmingly last January for independence in a referendum. Sudan was officially the largest country in Africa and the Arab World.

"We no longer have borders with three countries, Uganda, Kenya and Congo, and the length of our borders with Ethiopia and the Central African Republic have decreased," al-Sadiq added.

Among the significant statistical changes in Sudan, explained in a booklet published by Sudan's Ministry of Information, occurs in the population, with a decrease of roughly 8 million (the population of South Sudan) to 33.4 million and an increase in the percentage of Muslims to 96.7%.

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"Sudan's new map has been delivered to all the embassies, consulates, airports and governmental institutions and will be placed up on the morning of July 9 after the declaration of the state of South Sudan," said Sanaa al-Awad, of the Ministry of Information.

"We are, sadly, at the end of the old entity of Sudan and now face a new beginning," she explained.

"We hope the people and government of South Sudan peace and success, for peace and success in the south means peace and success in the north," she added.

 
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