Monday, August 08, 2005

Book Review: Sudan

In an article entitled Today's battlefield, tomorrow's tourist attraction? the book Sudan by Paul Clammer is one of a number of books reviewed in brief on the SFGate website: "Known primarily for a half-century of civil war and a radical Islamic government, Africa's largest country is also a land of desert caravans, verdant river valleys, more pyramids than Egypt has and a culture that not only encourages but demands kindness toward strangers. The northern Darfur region, which remains a war zone despite a 2002 cease-fire agreement, and South Sudan, where a peace pact was signed this year but land mines and local skirmishes remain, are closed to travel. Remarkably, according to Clammer, the rest of Sudan is an easy-going place to visit, with the cultural richness of 19 major ethnic tribes and 100 languages, wildlife (unfortunately much diminished) rivaling East Africa's and the world's greatest river".

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