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Beyond The Horizon
A six-part documentary which takes two presenters on a journey through Sudan.
Last Modified: 18 Feb 2007 11:29 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 Six
 
In this final episode we return to the capital Khartoum. On a boat up the River Nile, Sandi and Hassan reflect on the changing nature of the city – and see how old and new can work side by side along its banks.

We visit a kindergarten where a group of mothers have signed a declaration not to subject their daughters to female genital mutilation. Almost 90 per cent of young Sudanese girls are scarred by this practice – something Sandi finds difficult to deal with.

Finally, our team is honoured to attend Friday prayers or 'zikr' with one of the largest Sufi religious orders – the Sammaniya. Film crews are rarely allowed this kind of access. Sandi and Hassan meet one of the most important religious figures in the country, Sheikh Mohammed Al Tayeb. His passion helps explain the growing attraction of Sufism to Sudanese Muslims.
 
 

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