Letter from the Nuba mountains

The Nuba of southern Sudan have a remarkably tolerant form of self-government despite more than ten years of war with Khartoum.

By Julie Flint   June 1999

Imagine the pressure on them: 46 young Sudanese rebels under orders to protect-and provide for-a foreigner entrusted to their care. “This person is a very important person,” they had been told when they had set out more than a week earlier. “If she is tired on the way, she must rest. If she wants to sleep, she must sleep and we must defend her.” I had already slept, collapsing while still in territory controlled by the government of Sudan, and now, after an all-night walk without food or water, had seen a paw-paw tree growing in a village. Abboud Karib…

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