Faces of Sudan Mar 2019

We leave the Karima area to head towards Meroe via the Bayuda desert surrounded by sharp cone-shaped black basalt mountains and bounded by the loop formed by the Nile between the 4th and 6th Cataract.  We met some Bisharin nomads who live in small huts built with dry wooden branches close to rare water wells in the desert.  The desert has some low lands and wadi where grass and bushes grow and provide pasture for the herds of cattle and camels of these Bisharin people.  The specific family we visited belongs to the Bisharin-Hasanya tribe.  The men were out at work and we got to meet the women and children of the house.

DSCF5867Houses made of dry wooden branches

DSCF5854Dawa and her nephew Ali

DSCF430717-year old Dawa with so much on her mind….

DSCF43052-year old Ali

DSCF5860The women sitting around chatting inside the house

DSCF4330Umbala, Ali’s mother, has a baby under her shawl.  These nomads believe that it is auspicious to hide their baby away from the public eye until they are at least a few months old.

DSCF4332It is a Sudanese tradition for married women to apply black henna to the soles of their feet, toes, and fingertips.

DSCF5872Beautiful Thorya

DSCF5869The sisters sharing a laugh


DSCF432816-year old Thorya and her 17-year old sister Dawa

DSCF4322Auntie Zaneb here on a visit

DSCF4315Grandma Medina who is 95 is the matriarch of the family.  What a story her face tells!


DSCF432516-year old Thorya


DSCF4340Ali sitting on his parent’s bed


IMG_20190321_091458_977Children here love to peer into our car window and get their photos taken.  All they want in return is to see their image on the screen of the camera.

DSCF4521Quick stop in Shendi to get some supplies for our long drive.


DSCF4525Boy selling henna at the local market


According to our guide, we are not allowed to take photos at the local markets (mandated by the government) but in more remote places outside of Khartoum, this rule is often not strictly enforced.  The locals in the market actually love getting their photos taken and were practically lining up in front of us.  Unlike in more touristy places like Egypt or Ethiopia, they do not ask for money in return.  All they wanted was to see their image on the screen of the camera.  They will give you a big smile and a thumbs up upon seeing their picture and carry on with whatever they were doing or wherever they were going.


DSCF4451I noticed there are no women in the market, only men and children.


Next post will be on the highlight of our trip: Meroe, the latter day capital of the ancient Kingdom of Kush and its numerous pyramids.  Stay tuned!

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