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Beyond The Horizon
A six-part documentary which takes two presenters on a journey through Sudan.
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2007 13:41 GMT
Hassan and Sandi at the pyramids of Meroe
Sudanese journalist Hassan Ibrahim and satirist Sandi Toksvig take us to Sudan.

Rarely far from the international headlines, Sudan is the largest country in Africa; a land on the fault line between the deserts of Arabia and the tropical heart of central Africa.
But how much do we actually know about this vast and troubled nation?

This visually stunning documentary series explores the diversity of Sudan's ever-changing landscape of deserts and forests, mountain ranges and swamps – and of course the Nile, the lifeline of Sudan.

 

Episode Two


women of the hakamaat
Trade is the lifeblood of the city of El Obeid in central Sudan. In this second episode, Hassan and Sandi discover the intricacies of local trading and see how it is used to settle local and regional rivalries.

As traders haggle over camels at the weekly market, the pair have a chance meeting with a local poet.

Gum Arabic is a vital Sudanese resource and the country’s biggest export. Hassan and Sandi's journey continues with a visit to a tree-planting project for school children and a factory where the gum is processed.

Finally, our presenters travel out to meet the hakamaat. Traditionally, these women sing for war – now they are singing for peace. Or are they?

 



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Al Jazeera
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