National Geographic : 1955 May
.5w was invalid, thus ending the so-called "Fashoda Incident." . In the 500 miles below Malakal the Nile drops a mere 30 feet. With no appreciable aid, therefore, from current and with head winds a daily curse, it took us a month of sweaty paddling to reach Khartoum. Landscape and people changed. The coun try grew ever more barren, the climate hotter and drier. Gradually the Black Sudan fell behind and we plunged deeper into the Moslem Sudan, land of sand, camels, and white-robed men who pray five times a day toward Mecca. At the last Nilotic village, Er Renk, we bought rice and eggs from bearded Arab merchants. At their sides stood lanky Dinka wives. Into the Arab World The transition was complete at El Jebelein, our first Arab town. There brown-skinned Iipeople dressed in turbans and lowing, wrap perlike galabiehs strode sandy alleys between homes and shops built of mud-brick rein forced with camel dung and straw. Now we had to learn Arabic, language of the Sudan and Egypt. Game vanished, to be replaced in interest 719 + Two Niles Merge at Khartoum Vaulting the White Nile, this 8-span bridge con nects Omdurman and Khartoum (upper right). The Blue Nile, flowing down from Abyssinian up lands, joins the White Nile to the left of the bridge. SPrimitive ferries, jammed with men, beasts, and bicycles, ply between the twin cities. Omdurman, stretching seven miles along the Nile's west bank, is a center of Sudanese cultural and religious life. Ur I; ..