The U.S. imposed wide-ranging sanctions on the Sudan in 1997 after the nation was accused of attempting to destabilise neighbouring states and supporting terrorism. Sadly, the sanctions, mostly trade embargoes, have blocked everyday Sudanese citizens from accessing important necessities like using a credit card or receiving money from wire transfer.
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Then in 2003, the UN – in response to the Darfur crises that claimed the lives of thousands and left over 2.6 million Sudanese people internally displaced – imposed embargoes that banned the export of arms and related material to the Sudan and prohibited adherents from rendering technical or financial assistance for military-related activities in the Sudan. Fresh sanctions were again imposed by the U.S. in 2007, specifically targeting the government and citizens implicated in the Darfur crises.