To give a higher profile to the contribution that the Susanese Community in South Wales makes to society, and raise the awareness of the culture and history of the Sudanese people. To increase contributions to the economic development in Wales. To promote partnership working with Councils, Health Authorities and voluntary organisations for consultation, information exchange and cultural activities.
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Sudanese Nationals came to Wales as early as the 1960s. Since then the numbers have steadily grown. Accompanying this growth, there was an increasing need for a community association, and in 1997 the first of such organisations was successfully established. Initially, the Sudanese community members were mainly professionals working in the UK; students and a small number of casual workers. However, following the military coup in Sudan on 30th June 1989, political changes occured and conditions concerning the human rights of Sudanese people deteriorated. Thousands of families and individuals were forced to flee the country, seeking settlement in different parts of the world, in particular the UK. As an ex-British colony, Sudan has links to Britain and has been influenced by the Anglo-Saxon cultural background, in that most of its civil service traditions, education and so forth followed the British format. We need to develop a community group to address the needs that have arisen whilst settling in Britain, for example: housing, health, education, immigration and legal advice. There is also the challenge of integrating into the wider host community, while preserving and retaining Sudanese culture and identity.
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