Attractive Man Saloon

Khartoum is dusty and very, very hot. Every time I complain about the heat, I am told that I should have been here in May when it was hot; this is not the hottest season. The city looks as if it is at the end of a war rather than in the middle of one. For every building standing, there are at least five others being constructed. It gives the impression that Khartoum was thought of a few weeks ago. …  ( continue reading

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Black salad

Most people now think of Sudan as a byword for misery, like Ethiopia was 25 years ago. I am on my way there to find out how much of this is true – and how much of this is for aid agencies and atrocity campaigns to collect their donations. I first learned about Sudan by listening to the music, which was broadcast on Radio Hargaysa in the 1980s and we could buy on cassettes in the market. If you were …  ( continue reading

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Low Country

My sister lives in Holland, and has done so for fifteen years. She arrived there as a refugee, married another refugee (from Sudan) and they have four children that describe themselves as “half Sudanese, half Somali and half Dutch.” Last week when Holland played Brazil, my nephew Nasir supported Brazil while the rest of his family rooted for Holland. Nasir is seven and is probably not the only Dutch-born child having second thoughts about his loyalties. Watching the morning news …  ( continue reading

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The Ugly game

Because of a lack of atmosphere I have not been following the games here in America, but of course I heard that Ghana (aka “Africa”) won over the U.S., in the context of, “isn’t it incredible that an African team beat a superpower?” As if the superpower were using its weapons of mass destruction to win the game. I have been reading news articles about the game, and who’s in and who’s out. I was surprised to read how the …  ( continue reading

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Christmas Day in Saudi Arabia

It is Friday June 11 and I am in a festive mood. The World Cup begins today. I haven’t had a television for years but I am not about to let that get in the way.  My three year old son and I drive to Harvard Square and go to the Department of African and African American studies at the Barker Center to see if the opening game is being shown there. The building is deserted except for two men …  ( continue reading

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