Volume 10, July 2014
Sudan Today. Nairobi: University of Africa, 1971. Print.
Note on Arabic
It is difficult.
The Publishers do not pretend
to have solved the problem.
1: INTRODUCING THE SUDAN
Above all, the story of Sudan
is the record of a fight against
Travelers saw it as hell on earth.
Boundaries are natural
, ruled lines pronounce ownership
2: PROVINCES AND TOWNS
Darfur used to be the most isolated.
It took a month by camel to reach.
cuts a vast swathe
from the Atlantic to the Red Sea.
Suakin is different.
In Suakin, a wealth of windows seek the cool
of the Red Sea evening breezes.
The houses are built of coral, cut from beneath the sea.
Gordon was dead, his severed head at the Mahdi’s camp.
Khartoum, damaged by siege and sack.
Amidst the rubble, the desert took over once more,
as corpses mummified in the dry summer heat.
3: THE RIVERS:
givers of life
4: FROM 250,000 B.C....
; history is more a matter of chance remarks
by early travelers.
5: MEN WHO HAVE SHAPED THE SUDAN
Mohammed Ahmed el Mahdi (1848-1885)
The son of a boat-builder.
Major-General Charles George Gordon (1833-85)
Only the Gordon Music Hall remains, inappropriate reminder
of a man who was no lover of dancing girls.
Field Marshal Horatio Herbert Kitchener, Earl of Khartoum and Broome (1850-1916)
Kitchener earned disapproval by destroying the tomb of the Mahdi and throwing the bones
into the Nile sending the skull to London.