The People Of Sudan

Suakin has to be seen to be believed. It is one reason why I took so many photographs of both people and buildings. Here is my fave…

Along the dusty road from the anchorage and old city lies the market, and behind the market, the residential area. The market is surrounded by wooden buildings that look more at home in The House of Fun, such is the angle at which they sit. It is the residential area, however, that really shocks. More buildings made of any scrap of cardboard, metal or wood have been cobbled together to provide some kind of shelter from the sun.

Daring to take the back streets back to our anchorage we found ourselves in amongst this residential area, photographing any passer-by who allowed us to point a lens at him. It was at this point that we befriended a local kid who took it upon himself to give us a guided tour of his neighbourhood.

He spoke no English but was more than happy to coordinate young children for their portrait to be taken whenever I asked.

In the late afternoon sun I got some of my fave shots of kids taken to date. Some smiley, some scared, but all willing to strike a pose for the camera.

Liz and I made a point of bringing with us a load of pens and some little balls, which we tried to distribute as evenly as we could. There was always a fight over them though!

The market provided some portraits too of course…

I was quite surprised to be allowed to photograph a couple of men washing themselves for prayer. One was sat outside a mosque (if you could call it that… it wasΒ  a tin shack) but the other was a market trader who shut up shop for 20 minutes for this ceremony.

After passing through the market we made our way to the cafe area by the bus station and watched Eritrean refugees hard at work in the kitchens and back streets preparing food. One young Eritrean, who was grating a big lump of dried cheese, explained that he was being paid ten Sudanese pounds a day in wages. The lump of cheese he was grating cost Β£18.

So that’s the people of Suakin. Extremely friendly and very photogenic!

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10 Comments on “The People Of Sudan”

  1. Love your blog Jamie and Liz. Just off to True Blue in Finike; your news makes us remember fabulous times in Sudan. Don’t miss a couple of days in Asmara when you get to Massawa, and watch as the anchorge is shallower than you think at the far end!! Writing this on my terrific Samsung notebook thanks to your advice….cheers and safe sailing :

  2. Fascinating portraits, beautiful children, lovely smiles. What a wonderful way to remember Suakin.

  3. Absolutely stunning! These portraits just get better, such character, such culture. I am peeling back my eye lids trying to slurp the emotion that emanates from these pictures.

    Any chance you can do them in 3D?

  4. Really well done. You missed your calling all together.That you ever thought you could become a full time sailor. Stay with the camera and let liz become the pro sailor and you become the reporter.

  5. Jamie,
    Looking at these photographs make me homesick to start cruising again. I will join Neil and the boys in April. Greetings to Liz.

  6. boy-o-boy! – makes me wonder what i’m doin’ sweeping a garage and inventing yet more reasons not to shake off that port rot. we should bump into each other half way round.

  7. Happy Birthday Jamie
    Life begins @ 40 wait till you get to 50 HaHa
    Loving your blog, can’t get the pod’s on my pda:(
    Fair winds
    Jamie and Iz (Isobel)

  8. Wonderful photos as always. These are the best so far. Just love the ones of the kids. Please say hi to Liz, Millie & everyone on the rally. x

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