...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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Panorama | The Niles 5 A snapshot is a fleeting moment frozen in time. A portrait is a close look at its subject. Yet with Elnour, an archive of over twenty thousand photographs taken by a range of Sudanese photographers, every image has more to offer than just that. Every picture of the Elnour archive is part of a bigger story – all of them convey images of the former Sudan in all its complexity. Whether it is the posed smiles of a proud newlywed couple or a snapshot of a street gathering, Elnour offers a selection of images that go beyond stereotypical images of landscapes and urban environments. Elnour, which means light, offers a taste of the diverse flavors Sudan as a country had to offer. It documents Sudan from the late nineteenth century until today. The images on these two pages are by Rashid Mahdi, Richard Lokiden Wani and Abbas Habiballa, three photographers who portray their country from differing perspectives. Rashid Mahdi, 1923-2008, made his name by creating large-format portraits. His pictures offer a glimpse of bourgeois society in northern Sudan, chronicling both independence and sovereignty. The three photos at the top of page are by Mahdi. His depiction of privileged Sudanese contrasts with images by Richard Lokiden Wani who focuses his lens on people from the southernmost part, a most ravaged region. Born in 1978, the photographer uses a rudimentary camera to take pictures of men and women in their surroundings. He took the three photographs shown on the bottom of page 4. All the photographs on page 5 were taken by Abbas Habiballa, born in 1951. When not on duty as an official government photographer, Abbas Habiballa trains his camera on the day-to-day reality of Sudanese people. His snapshots, taken with his Rolleiflex camera, give the viewer a telling insight into everyday lives. Photographs Copyright © elnour, www.elnour.net