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It is a fool...

...who rejoices, when the neighbour is in trouble. This ancient Sudanese saying sounds as if it has been invented to mark 9 July 2011, the day when South Sudan becomes the world’s newest state. Simultaneously, North Sudan will become a new state, too. On the occasion of this historic double birthday, journalists from both new countries have asked themselves challenging questions: What do we have in common? What are our differences? What will happen to us now? These themes form the backbone of this newspaper, a bilingual publication which is so inspired by the prospect of two Sudans that even The Nile appears in plural in its title.

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Statistics p.3 Dumping weapons for books p.6 Friendship forever: a love story from Khartoum p.10 Ranking Sudan’s tastes: from tv hits to vegetables p.12 &A brand new song by Alsarah & the Nubatones A poster map of the new Sudans The Niles Sat, 9 July 2011 Vol. 1, Issue 1 sudanvotes.org map inside It is a fool... ...who rejoices, when the neighbour is in trouble. This ancient Sudanese saying sounds as if it has been invented to mark July 9, the day when South Sudan becomes the world’s newest state. Simultaneously, North Sudan will become a new state, too. On the occasion of this historic double birthday, journalists from both new countries have asked themselves challenging questions: What do we have in common? What are our differences? What will happen to us now? These themes form the backbone of this newspaper, a bilingual publication which is so inspired by the prospect of two Sudans that even The Nile appears in plural in its title.

You think of water when the well is empty...
Nobody has been sent to see...
Enter houses through their doors...
The children of the land scatter like birds escaping a burning sky...
A fool will not even find water in the Nile!
Experience is a solid walking stick...
If the evil is coming, shut the door...
Those who have no fence around their land...
When two elephants fight...
A river that forgets its source will eventually dry up...