Sudan is one of the world's poorest countries. Seventy per cent of the north of the country and 90% of the south live on less than $1 a day.

    Sectarianism, disputed grazing territories and political instability have all contributed to the widespread poverty.

    Two decades of internal conflict led to deaths of 1.5 million people and the displacement of two million more. Though the country is now split into two, tensions still remain high between the differing factions, especially over the oil-rich Abyei region.

    Approximately 70% of the population is Muslim, with most eking out a tenuous existence from subsistence agriculture.

    Ummah Welfare Trust supports orphans in the country and administers seasonal Islamic projects every year.