Sudan, Khartoum

Goethe Institute

The situation

The Republic of Sudan with its capital Khartoum is located in North Africa and is considered borderland between the Arab world and Africa - not only in a geographic sense but also in a cultural one. The country has been independent of the English colonial rule since 1956 and nowadays up to 40 million people live there. Other than its neighboring countries like Egypt or Ethiopia, Sudan is not known as a tourist destination. The separation of Sudan in 2011 into the mostly Muslim North and the Christian South, the conflicts in Darfur and the charges of the International Court of Justice in Den Haag against President Omar al Bashir attracted the attention of the international media.

The mainly negative reporting overshadows the potential and the beauty of the country. 2.5 million People live in the capital Khartoum. Most of them speak Sudanese Arabic, but over 50 other languages are also spoken. The metropolitan region consists of three cities: Khartoum, Omdurman and Bahri. That’s why Khartoum is also called the “triangle capital”. There are a couple of youth cultures that engage themselves in music, arts and literature, despite the repressive system. A lot of young Sudanese work in social projects and espouse their society. Religion is very important; you will find many mosques, but also churches of different confessions.  

Music, bars, alcohol and revealing clothes are not allowed on the streets of Khartoum, but other leisure activities developed over the time. Like in many parts of the world for women it is still difficult, to assert themselves and build up a distinct personality.  Because of the extreme weather conditions Sports are not very diverse, but you will find soccer, martial arts and tennis in many places.

The project