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North Kordofan

North Kordofan
شمال كردفان
Šamāl Kurdufān
Postcard featuring camels in El-Obeid (1966)
Postcard featuring camels in El-Obeid (1966)
Official seal of North Kordofan
Location in Sudan.
Location in Sudan.
Coordinates: 14°22′N 29°32′E / 14.367°N 29.533°E / 14.367; 29.533
Country Sudan
 • GovernorVacant
 • Total185,302 km2 (71,546 sq mi)
 • Total3,174,029[1]
Time zoneUTC+2 (CAT)
HDI (2017)0.463[2]
Towns in the region.

North Kordofan (Arabic: شمال كردفان, romanizedŠamāl Kurdufān) is one of the 18 wilayat or states of Sudan. It has an area of 185,302 km2 and an estimated population of 3,174,029 people (2018 est). El-Obeid is the capital of the state.

North Kordofan is generally arid and desert.[citation needed]


For centuries, North Kordofan was inhabited by nomads and pastoralists, mainly the Dar Hamid, Dar Hamar, Guamaa, Kababish, Bideriya, Shwehat and including the Yazeed tribes.[citation needed] The area has had almost continuous drought since the mid-1960s. Deforestation led to the destruction of the natural vegetation. NGOs working in the villages of Sudan tried to rectify the damage. They set up women's centres. These centres allowed many women gain an income. Training was introduced and a solar energy system set up. NGOs recognise that a need exists for longer projects requiring the kind of support that only can come from governments and large agencies.[citation needed]

The singer Hawa Al-Tagtaga was from the region.[3]

Cities and towns in North Kordofan

See also


  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-03-12. Retrieved 2023-06-09.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Sub-national HDI - Area Database - Global Data Lab". Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  3. ^ "1st January Sudan National Day: Women Role In Independence Movement| Sudanow Magazine". Retrieved 2020-01-14.

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