One of the best things about living in Khartoum is that because the international community is so small you tend to know everybody. A group of us from all over (Italians, Dutch, French, Americans, British and others from Cameroon, Egypt and Ethiopia!) have a football team that play once a week on a dust pitch (no money for grass!).
The best part of this was in April when we went out to a displaced camp abut 50km from the city where about 40,000 people live. We played a match against the 'Juba Allstars' - a team made up from the southern Sudanese refugees who have lived in Jebel Aulia for over 9 years. About 3000 people came to watch - it was absolutley fantastic. As with everythig in Sudan we had to have official permission and pass through road blocks but it was worth it. I've just heard we are going back at the end of Ramadan for a rematch so when I fly back on Saturday its back to training.
In case anybody is interested the locals hammered us 6-1.
These children were in the crowd. I tried to get some good shots but to be honest my camera is terrible for 'action photography'.
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Keithspring (407) 2004-09-09 4:46
Your camera is certainly not terrible for portrait photography. I very nice group portrait, and thanks for the note
everlasting (14343) 2004-09-09 6:40
This is also a lovely shot, all teeth and eyes. post more of these, please. A the notes are very good too.
christina (2040) 2004-09-09 18:26
Thnaks for the note! You need not apologize for the quality of your camera. The quality of your images is superb! I love the diffeent expressions and levels of engagement with you. The contrast between their skin,eyes, teeth and clothign is beautiful. thanks for giving us some insight on Sudanese life!