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Photo Samples, Sudan

 

Few countries have a worse reputation than The Islamic Republic of Sudan, and few countries are more friendly. Why? Well, politics have a tendency to divide countires into "friendly" and "unfriendly", however, have been through more than 170 countries, I can honestly say that all countries are friendly. Perhaps not the nasty thief or the immensely stupid immigration officer, but the general population is normally really friendly. And so in Sudan, a very photogenic and friendly "border zone" in between the Arab Africa to the north and the Black Africa to the south.

All photos are, of course © Claus Qvist Jessen, and none of them are to be used without my permission.

Camel market, western Khartoum, Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Camel owners at the market, western Khartoum, Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Washing hands, feet and face prior to the prayer; Grand Mosque, Khartoum, Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

One of hundres of narrow market streets in Khartoum, Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Dates for sale, Khartoum, Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

A major Friday and Saturday past time in Khartoum is Nubian wrestling. Here the wrestler to the left picks the one he'd like to fight. Khartoum, Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Nubian wrestlers with the referee watching. Khartoum, Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Waiting to find a weakness in the defence. Khartoum, Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Here we go. Khartoum, Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Touchdown. Khartoum, Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Proud master wrestler of Khartoum, Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Somewhere, in the middle of nowhere, 2-300 kms north of Khartoum, Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Old Christian monastery at Old Dongola, north of Khartoum, Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Ancient necropolis at Old Dongola, north of Khartoum, Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Happy donkey owner at Old Dongola, Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Desert landscape from Old Dongola, Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

 

"We're on a road to Nowhere....". Northern Sudan is not that fantastic with regards to landscape. © Claus Qvist Jessen

The one which didn't make it. Northern Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

 

Street scene, New Dongola, Northern Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

 

Another donkey cart in New Dongola, Northern Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Curious girl, New Dongola, Northern Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

 

"Baghdad Café"; Northern Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

 

 

Pit stop; Northern Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

 

Camel caravan doing the 40 day trip from Khartoum to Cairo; Northern Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen
The ancient Hatsephsuth Temple of Old Soleb - should IKEA ever decide to make Egyptian temples; Soleb, Northern Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen
The entrance of the Hatsephsuth Temple of Old Soleb, Northern Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen
Local guard showing the relics; the Hatsephsuth Temple of Old Soleb, Northern Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Street scene in the charming town of Kerima, at the Nile, 300 kms north of Khartoum, Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Market scene; Kerima, north of Khartoum, Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Baker unloading the bread; Kerima, north of Khartoum, Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Shoe maker at work - or waiting for work; Kerima, north of Khartoum, Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Having a nap; Kerima, north of Khartoum, Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Blowing in the wind - plastic bags on barbed wire at the University of Kerima, north of Khartoum, Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Making bricks; Kerima, north of Khartoum, Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Tea time; Kerima, north of Khartoum, Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Tea stove; Kerima, north of Khartoum, Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Tea and coffee being served with a smile: Kerima, north of Khartoum, Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

The water melon man; Kerima, north of Khartoum, Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Local mosque; Kerima, north of Khartoum, Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

The pyramids of Jebel Barkhar; Kerima, north of Khartoum, Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Necropolis temple besides Jebel Barkhar; Kerima, north of Khartoum, Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

In the innermost cells of the aAncient Egyptian temple at Jebel Barkhar; Kerima, north of Khartoum, Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Stone slabs from a sarcophagous; Jebel Barkhar; Kerima, north of Khartoum, Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Yet another pyramid; El Kurri; Kerima, north of Khartoum, Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Pharaonic Ancient paintings at El Kurri; Kerima, north of Khartoum, Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Curious school girls from El Kurri; Kerima, north of Khartoum, Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Royal necropolis of Nuri; Kerima, north of Khartoum, Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Royal necropolis of Nuri; Kerima, north of Khartoum, Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Making the beds; Nuri; Kerima, north of Khartoum, Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Pottery outside Kerima, north of Khartoum, Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Potter in action outside Kerima, north of Khartoum, Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Pottery after burning in the natural kiln; Kerima, north of Khartoum, Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

A very romantic part of The Nile; Kerima, north of Khartoum, Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Nile Island; Kerima, north of Khartoum, Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

A happy boatman, The Nile; Kerima, north of Khartoum, Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Filling the canisters from the desert well, somewhere east of Kerima, Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Most canisters are carried by the donkeys, somewhere east of Kerima, Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Happy water woman, somewhere east of Kerima, Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

More canisters ready to take-off; desert well, somewhere east of Kerima, Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

At the desert well, all camels and donkeys are also filled up; east of Kerima, Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Selling water melons in Atbara, Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Friendly butcher in Atbara, Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Very intermistic kitchen sink in front of a restaurant; Atbara, Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Various mealsin a restaurant; Atbara, Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Very lonely café in the middle of nowhere; Meroe, Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Roadside café; Meroe, Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Tea mama at the roadside café; Meroe, Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

The world-famous Royal Necropolis pyramids Meroe, Sudan. Deservedly UNESCO. © Claus Qvist Jessen

The Royal Necropolis pyramids Meroe, Sudan. Deservedly UNESCO-rated. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Southern part of the Royal Necropolis pyramids Meroe, Sudan. Deservedly UNESCO. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Escavating The Royal Necropolis pyramids usually means removing lots of sand; Meroe, Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Desert scene Meroe, Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

The second group of pyramids Meroe, Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

The second group of pyramids Meroe, Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Details from the entrance part of one of the pyramids in the second group of pyramids Meroe, Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Roadside pitstop south of Meroe, Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Tea time; pitstop south of Meroe, Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Donkey boy at a roadside pitstop south of Meroe, Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Ancient Elephant Temple complex, south of Meroe, Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Maintemple. Ancient Elephant Temple complex, south of Meroe, Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

No prize for guessing the name of the ancient temple complex, south of Meroe, Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

The Mut Temple, close to the Naga Temple, south of Meroe, Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Columns at the Mut Temple, close to the Naga, south of Meroe, Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Details from the entrance of the Naga Temple, south of Meroe; Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Beautiful carvings in the ancient Naga Temple, south of Meroe; Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Multi-handed deity at the ancient Naga Temple, south of Meroe; Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Using donkeys to get the water from an old desert well, close to Naga, Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Another roadside pitstop, now with tyre repair; somewhere in Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

The sea front of Port Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Sad souvenirs from the sea. Don't ever buy this stuff as your souvenirs will just eradicate another sea turtle :-( Port Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Local cafe; Port Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Traditional coffee served in a small aluminium vessel: Port Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Happy woman with a scared baby. Port Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Most houses in the center of Port Sudan are equipped with Arab style walkways and columns. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Seen from the inside; Port Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

The bustling market of Port Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

At the market of Port Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Making bbq; Port Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Getting a haircut in Port Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Car glass decoration - almost spelled correctly; Port Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Very local café in Port Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Traditional coffee; Port Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Collective lunch in Port Sudan. Always use the right hand - the left is for toilet use. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Early evening at the Corniche; Port Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Old city gate; Suakin, Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

The main street of Suakin, Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

The main street and the mosque of Suakin, an almost deserted town close to Port Sudan. Until 100 years ago, Suakin was a major shipping harbour for pilgrims to Mecca. © Claus Qvist Jessen

The lack of richness is all to obvious, however, it's a charming town nevertheless; Suakin, Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Coffee time in Suakin, Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Cheers! Suakin, Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Donkey boy of Suakin, Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

The fishing harbour of Suakin, Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

The fishing harbour of Suakin, Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

The entrance to the old town of Suakin, Sudan. Once a bustling center, however, in 1926 it was decided to move all activities to Port Sudan, and Suakin fell into oblivion. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Wrecked building in the old town of Suakin, Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

The old customs house; Old Suakin, Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Governors house; Old Suakin, Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Governors house; Old Suakin, Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Construction worker; Old Suakin, Sudan. © Claus Qvist Jessen

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