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View from Sudan: Uprisings, a state of emergency and the long shadow of history

Does anyone have the vision to restore this complex country?

By Jamal Mahjoub   April 2019
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir delivers a speech in Khartoum, Sudan in February © (Xinhua/Mohamed Khidir/PA)

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir delivers a speech in Khartoum, Sudan in February © (Xinhua/Mohamed Khidir/PA)

Back in November it seemed that Sudan had, surprisingly, become a tourist destination. At the pyramids in Meroë, 120 miles northwest of the capital Khartoum, we found ourselves in the midst of a group of Spanish tourists yelling loudly to one another. When I first visited nearly 30 years ago, there was no road and no resthouses. Now the country’s…

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