Khartoum, Sudan

Common transport in Khartoum, especially in the narrow alleys and streets of the souks

Another new mosque being built in Khartoum

Traffic moves slower after heavy rain as roads, dirt paths and potholes are immersed in water.

Last night brought heavy rains to Khartoum. Locals tell me these were the last of the rainy season.

The Blue Nile, shown here, and the White Nile meet in Khartoum.

3 October 2000 Today I bought two long skirts covering is a way of life here as it's Islamic custom and the sun destroys any unprotected skin. I hired a taxi, driven by the tallest Sudanese I've seen, to take me to a tailor who cut off and hemmed both skirts for less than US$4. He robbed me (a local would have paid less than US$1) but I gave him a tip as the robbing-cost was still absurdly low. Sitting in an almost bottomless, rickety chair in the tiny, hot shop with a fan generating the only breeze in Khartoum, I felt such contentment. The tailor eyed the bottom of each skirt and cut the fabric without measuring as my mother painstakingly did when I was a little girl. The old man used an ancient foot-pedal sewing machine, which can't possibly make it many more days.


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