Photographer's Note

A man celebrates the end of Ramadam in October 1974.

This photo is far from perfect with the man facing the full morning sun - but so few are my photos of this time that this is my only photo from our few days in El Geneina (Al Junaynan) in the west Darfur region of Sudan. I do especially like his clothing as it appears to be made of patchwork and I do wonder its significance?

I do though have very vivid memories of our 3 or 4 days in El Geneina. We flew in from N'Djamena as we were advised (because of potential rebel activity) not to travel by road through eastern Chad. We arrived in El Geneina one afternoon towards the end of Ramadam and everything was closed. We had no local currency, no food and there was no accomodation. However the police came to our rescue and we slept at the police station. I will never forget our first evening at the police station - after the sun had set the policemen and their families waited on us hand and foot providing us with trays of delicious food - and they would accept nothing in return. At this time I assume few westerners visited this area and we seemed to be objects of curiosity. We found the people of this area very friendly and generous which makes what they have subsequently endured just so unjust.

We spent about 4 days in El Geneina negotiating a ride on the back of a truck to take us the 360kms to Nyala which is the nearest railhead - and that is another story!

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