Sudan is the third largest country in Africa. It is a federal presidential representative democratic republic with a legal system based on Islamic law, since Islam is the predominant religion.
The River Nile divides the country into eastern and western halves. Sudan was home to numerous ancient civilizations, such as the Kingdom of Kush, Kerma, Nobatia, Alodia, Makuria, Meroe and others, most of which flourished along the Nile. During the pre-dynastic period Nubia and Nagadan Upper Egypt were identical, simultaneously evolved systems of pharaonic kingship by 3300 BC. Because of its proximity to Egypt, the Sudan participated in the wider history of the Near East inasmuch as it was Christianized by the 6th century, and Islamized in the 15th.
Sudan is rarely visited by foreigners; yet it offers a wealth of historical treasures and extraordinary landscapes. Not to forget its amazingly welcoming people.
A few kilometers out of Kasala in the desert, I am lucky enough to be invited to visit a Rashaida camp. This is a great opportunity to learn about their culture, but also to take a few snaps!
The Rashaida are relative newcomers to Sudan, being an Arab tribe who migrated to the region in the middle of the 19th century. They make their living herding camels, moving their camps and livestock twice a year along the seasonal pastures between Kassala and Gedaref.
The delicate Arab features of the Rashaida immediately marks them against other Sudanese. But it is their dress that really makes them distinct: the men wear white jallabiyas, topped off with a keffiyeh.
Ubicazione: Kassala, Kasala, Sudan
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