[Montréal, Québec, Canada -9°C] As Southern Sudanese vote during the second day of the week long self-determination referendum to determine whether or not southern Sudan becomes Africa’s newest independent country, maps help understand the differences between the north and the south other than the most often used and limited descriptions: “mostly Arab and Muslim north vs mostly black and Christian/Animist south.” Maps can display complex information that is easily understood, allowing for comparisons between regions and rapid analysis.
Below are a few maps from various sources, pilfered from the BBC and elsewhere that display information about Sudan’s physical geography, ethnic group distribution, infant mortality rates, access to water & sanitation facilities, education rates, food consumption percentages, location of oil production infrastructure, language diversity and religions practiced. They are recent additions to my Mapping Sudan page that I share with you here.
Satellite Image Map
Ethnic Group Distribution
Distribution of Religion
Languages in Sudan
Infant Mortality Rates
Percentage Using ‘Improved’ Water & Sanitation
Percentage of Children Who Completed Primary School
Percentage Households with ‘Poor’ Food Consumption