Maps Help Understand Regional Differences During Sudan Referendum

[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

(Source: NASA)

Ethnic Group Distribution

Ethnic Group Distribution in Sudan

(Source: Dr. M. Isady,

Distribution of Religion

(Source: Dr. M. Isady,

Languages in Sudan

(Source: Dr. M. Isady,

Infant Mortality Rates

(Source: Sudan Household Health Survey, 2006)

Percentage Using ‘Improved’ Water & Sanitation

(Source: Sudan Household Health Survey, 2006)

Percentage of Children Who Completed Primary School

(Source: Sudan Household Health Survey, 2006)

Percentage Households with ‘Poor’ Food Consumption

(Source: Sudan Household Health Survey, 2006)

Oil Infrastructure in Sudan

(source: Drilling Info International)

Categories: maps, referendum, reports


  • Clarence

    gulf2000 web site at columbia univ has maps on south sudan by itself. u should post those in here too. those others u have are about all of sudan not just south sudan

    • widge

      Hello Clarence,
      Thanks for the information. I have added a map to the Maps section on the South Sudan Info website.

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