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Location of Sudan within Africa

Sudan, officially the Republic of the Sudan, is an Arab republic in the Nile Valley of North Africa, bordered by Egypt to the north, the Red Sea, Eritrea and Ethiopia to the east, South Sudan to the south, the Central African Republic to the southwest, Chad to the west and Libya to the northwest. The Nile River divides the country into eastern and western halves.


Cannabis and all activities associated with it are illegal in Sudan and sentences include fines and imprisonment of up to 7 years. Police have also been reported to take bribes.[1]

Anti-narcotics officials have described the increases in the domestic rate of illicit drugs intake especially among young segments of the population as “insane” according to a Sudanese news source. The Anti-Narcotics Department at the Sudanese Ministry of Interior revealed that the percentage of the users of Cannabis or Bango as known locally has risen to 34. The United Nations’ (UN) 2011 World Drug Report ranked Sudan as number 12 worldwide in terms of seized amounts of cannabis, with 17,255 kg seized in 2009.

The amount of seized cannibals rose from 6 tons in 2011 to 36 tons in 2012. Most of Sudan’s Bango production comes from the country’s peripheral areas especially the western region of Darfur where insecurity is high due to an armed conflict between the government and rebel groups.[2]

Additional Resources


  1. Laws and legal news about marijuana in Sudan (2014), Marijuana Travels
  2. Sudan worried over “insane” hikes in use of illicit drugs (September 14, 2012), Sudan Tribune


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