Meet the sitta shai, or the Sudanese “tea ladies”.
Walk through the streets of Khartoum, and you will find these women in each corner, dressed in their colorful thawbs and covers. Beside them, a makeshift kitchen is set up to serve you flavored coffee and tea throughout the day.
And the flavors vary. Numerous jars of tea (black, hibiscus, Mahareb) and coffee can be accompanied with herbs and spices like mint, cinnamon, cloves and ginger.
The chatter of the day’s gossip can be heard rising above the tea’s steam as customers sip close by.
To learn how to make Sudanese cinnamon tea, click here
After posting this video that speaks on the situation regarding slavery in Mauritania the film I Am Slave, which is based on the story of MendeNazer's* early life, her capture and kidnap from her home in South Sudan's Nuba region, and her enslavement in Khartoum, Sudan and in London, England, working for Arab families, came to mind.
The entire film, starring Wunmi Mosaku as Malia, a fictional character whose life experiences mirror that of Nazer’s, can be watched above.
Tagwa al-Hum earned the highest marks on her country’s national exams—but fighting drove her family to a refugee camp with no secondary schooling.
“When I grow up and go to university and achieve the dream that I dream,” she says, “the first story that I will write will be about the life we are living today—the war and air raids and all kinds of bombs. The children starving and the bitterness of war and death everywhere and all the evil we live through. I will write about every bad thing I saw in my life.”
The article states that her educational expenses would amount to $300, just wish they could let us know how we could contribute to that. Will try and see if I can find this out, but if anyone knows, please share.
Tate Modern opens doors to African visionaries Salahi and Gaba
Exhibitions of works by artists from Sudan and Benin reflects a step change towards Tate’s more globalised view of modern art.
Meschac Gaba was so bewildered by the lack of opportunities for African artists in Europe that he spent five years constructing his own fictional museum, even adding, for extra authenticity, a shop and a restaurant. This week it takes its place at the heart of the British art establishment when it goes on display as one of Tate Modern's newest acquisitions – the biggest work it has ever bought.
The opening coincides with major retrospectives for the Sudanese artist Ibrahim El-Salahi, 82, and the Lebanese artist Saloua Raouda Choucair, 97. Both could be described as overlooked pioneers, and the shows reflect Tate Modern’s move towards a more globalised view of art. “These are all exhibitions that 20 or 30 years ago were quite impossible,” said the Tate Modern director, Chris Dercon. “At some point it will be absolutely normal and absolutely necessary to have all these kinds of work, all these artists, together in one museum.”
Photos by Valentina Tordoni documenting an event where peace talks were held by Dinka and Nuer chiefs in South Sudan, following their country’s formation and separation from the North. The proceedings were held in Kuajok, Warrap state, in March 2011.
Dressed in western suits topped by cowboy hats, with striped sashes indicating their rank and impressive scarification patterns on the face marking their ethnic identity, the 54 clan chiefs agreed to suitable compensations for the loss of cattle and human lives in recent ethnic clashes, and signed a peace resolution in the name of the common future awaiting both the Dinka and the Nuer people in an independent South Sudan.
Even though ethnic peace is fundamental to the new state, officials come to attend the peace talks from the neighboring states have little hope that this resolution will be effective in stopping the hatred that divides the country.
As one of them put it: “The devils from outside brought it here”, referring to the North Sudan regime. The recent attack by the North Sudan armed forces to the contested border town of Abyei looks like a confirmation of how complex the separation between the North and the South of Sudan is going to be.