Muawad Mustafa Rashid
The Republic of Sudan lies in the North/East part of the African continent with its 43 population, 18 states, and Khartoum as its capital city.
The country is distinguished by its cultural diversity as there are around 570 tribes from different ethnicities and languages.
This diversity makes Sudan a model in absorbing all those cultures including the dress, traditions, dances, and even worshiping.
It is difficult to write about all those tribes and their cultures considering that they cover all parts of the country as those tribes are not isolated in only their home villages.
As an example, we can speak about the Bija and Hadandawa tribes whose home villages are in Eastern Sudan. Those tribes are distinguished with their proudness of holding swords, wearing a small jacket and Jalabiya, drinking black coffee, and putting combs on their long hair.
Al-For and Baggara tribes main stronghold is western Sudan and they live on agriculture, shepherding, and trade.
We the Fonj and Al-Angasana people live in the Blue Nile area. Those two tribes are distinguished with their dances, especially in harvest seasons.
In the northern part of the country, we find the Halfa, Danagla, and Jaaliyeen tribes who grow dates, wheat and have their traditions and rituals showing their braveness in enduring the pains.
Sudan is also distinguished with its religious coexistence as we find in the Nuba Mountains area several churches, mosques, and other worship places where people practice their religious rituals freely. You can find in one family and the same house people with different religions living in harmony as nobody interferes in the beliefs of his relative.
We believe that this ethnic and religious diversity could be utilized to boost the unity of Sudan and not a tool for a splinter.
We should all encourage the promotion of our unity in diversity.