this is one of the common scenes of the rural areas....a moving down and up the line blacksmith..Together with his tools he moves from village to another. His sojourn is decided by the amount of tasks required by the villagers. Thus he could be for one day in this village and a week in another.
His lodging is a simple shade built of wooden logs covered by sackcloth. We met this one on route between two villages in western bank of the Nile opposite Shendi..River Nile State..He was so generous to allow us watching him while absorbed into his work and to take some shots.
We are honored by the visit of the celebrated Sudanese poet Mohammed AlMekki Ibrahim to our site Alkhandaq two years ago. Alkhandaq was once a thriving river port that connected most areas of the country. All the goods from western, southern and eastern Sudan were handled at this town. What is left of the town are the rich merchants houses some of them two story high of mud brick.
The Famous poet was accompanied by Mr. Alyas Fath al Rahman, a well-known poet and vigorous director of the famous Madark publishing house.
The shots tell about our trip together from Omdurman and our short stop at a shade in a place called Wadi Al Ni’am and his tour around the town, meeting our knowledgeable informant Babkair,visiting our team at work and finally relaxing at the rest house which is situated in a plateau facing the Nile
We aim here to give hints about people of the Sudan. The Sudan people are very friendly, travelers are welcomed and helped. They are known for their natural hospitality and generosity. This is not an overstatement to say that visitors never get Sudan out of their system, out of their blood and continually return and maintain close relationship with their Sudanese friends and the country as a whole.
These traits characterize all Sudanese regardless the economic situation, or social strata or environment. In the very severe hostile conditions of the desert you will be received and accommodated with a big smile on the face. You are welcomed (Itfadal ) is the word that never leaves their lips, in villages, small hamlets or bigger urban centers.
The country possesses a considerable diversity ethnically and culturally which will be illustrated by our photographs. These shots include Sudanese and recent immigrants into the country. Sudan vast size allows for people movement from east to west and from north to south and vice versa.