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Celebrating World Food Day in Sudan?

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How do you celebrate World Food Day in a country where hunger stalks the land? In Sudan, the past month has seen a further half a million people fall into food insecurity. The international community, including the UK, aims to feed 5.2 million Sudanese this year. Food problems are the result of both natural forces – poor rains– and man-made causes, such as conflict. The continuing refusal of the government to allow international aid into conflict-affected states of Blue Nile and Southern Kordofan makes the impact on civilians worse. The wars there continue with no end in sight. Civilians suffer while leaders sacrifice lives rather than sit around a table. Miscalculation, pride and an exaggerated sense of strength bring suffering to tens of thousands. In the very states that should be planting and growing food for much of Sudan and South Sudan, the fields are abandoned. The bitter seeds of future hunger have been sown.

You don’t have to travel to the periphery of Sudan to find hunger. Daily life in Khartoum is increasingly hard. Since I left on holiday at the end of August, many food prices have risen sharply: cooking oil from 25 SDG to 33 SDG for 3 litres; a chicken from 14 SDG to 18 SDG; rice from 7 SDG to 9 SDG a kilo; bread from 20 cents to 25 cents. I’m no mathematician, but it looks like rises of 20-25% in one month. Little wonder Khartoum has seen protests in the last few weeks. And little wonder the Government’s No1 worry is the economy, as President Bashir told the National Assembly last week.

Against this background of rising prices, a falling Sudanese pound and war in Sudan’s “new South”, hopes were high for the first bilateral Summit between Presidents Bashir and Kiir last weekend. It would appear some progress was made as both leaders pronounced their commitment to peace, non-aggression and to resolving economic differences as a priority. They also acknowledged the concerns that affect many individually – the status of students, employees and merchants both sides of the new border. It is again the task of statesmen and diplomats to convert these words into actual agreements and to see them implemented. President Mbeki’s Panel and the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy are on the task. The UK is actively assisting. We shall do less or more depending on the wishes of the parties.

A week after resuming work in Khartoum, I am still grappling to understand current events and report accurately to London. Other than price rises and the spread of conflict to Blue Nile State, the past month seems to be more notable for things that haven’t happened: no progress on Abyei (the Interim Agreement has not been honoured and Sudanese forces have not been withdrawn despite the impressive deployment of Ethiopian forces by UNISFA); the broad-based government in Khartoum has not been formed; and no clarity has emerged on how the Constitution will be revised. In the absence of obvious progress on these, diplomats draw their conclusions from things that have happened: more restrictions on the press, including the closure of newspapers; continuing detention of human rights defenders; the visit of the President of Iran; etc.

It is too easy to caricature Sudan. While events of the last month certainly don’t paint the picture of a confident and progressive country, I still believe Sudan and its many leaders – political, religious, academic, business and military – are able to chart a course to bring real peace and development to Africa’s third largest country. I hope next year’s World Food Day will truly be a celebration in Sudan and not, as this year, a lament.

 

 

 

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  2. Nicholas Kay says:

    Thanks to everyone who has commented on this and previous blogs. It’s great to see a lively debate.

    Some of you may have noticed that the FCO has changed the platform we use for these blogs. We now use WordPress and although the previous blogs have been migrated to the new platform, unfortunately none of the previous comments can be migrated automatically. I have therefore cut and pasted those comments and will post them in the form of a comment from me.

    Here are the comments that were posted before the migration (I apologise for the odd formatting):

    Celebrating World Food Day in Sudan?

    A.Khidir 2 weeks ago

    • to Ibtihal and the like:
    I think that the ambassador was using the finest, non-harsh descriptive words when he stated : ( Miscalculation, pride and an exaggerated sense of strength bring suffering to tens of thousands) ..
    in fact the mere truth is ( arrogance and stupidity brought and will bring suffering to millions.)
    what will be your opinion when you know that our president, Omar Hassan Ahmed Al-Bashir, decided to give away – not sell – 20,000 sheep to Egypt few weeks after people decided to boycott meat because the prices were too high!!!!!!! and also put in mind that the Saudis refused to Import it for “Hajj Hadi” again because of the unexpected and unaccepted prices , what do you call that? wisdom?? tactics??? Don’t you think that it was just a reaction for this article ? because I tried really hard to imagine what on earth could make someone “sane enough” to donate this number of sheep preceded by 5000 cows earlier this year to others while his own people nearly starving if not starving already !?
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    Gashrani 4 weeks ago

    • To Ibtihal and the like:
    The ambassador’s comments represent the transparency which we lack. What he said is part of what he reports to his government. No secrets in today’s world. I appreciate what the ambassador had revealed to the world contrary to fallacies of the Sudanese officials and their satellite newspapers.
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    DrDjjl 2 weeks ago in reply to Gashrani

    • It is not about transparency – Ibtihal is right. She is not stating anything in favor of the of the Sudanese Government. She is reminding the ‘respectful’ ambassador of his job and his role. Which i believe is fair. It is only arrogant western diplomats and officials that think they have the right to interfere in other countries (especially African) affairs so blatantly. I dare the British ambassadors in China, India, Russia, US, Saudi Arabia or even the small countries of the Gulf to make such statements about the respective countries.
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    Ibtihal 4 weeks ago

    • The issue of rising food
    prices is something we can’t disagree upon. But from the outset, this
    statement should not from a diplomat who is representing another
    country. It should come from an activist, an academician, or any
    other vocal
    figure who is not afraid of jeopardizing relations between both
    countries. Moreover, for the purposes of public diplomacy between both
    countries, I think it was such a cheap shot made by Amb. Nicholas Kay.
    This is an internal issue which as he mentioned has multi-faceted sides
    which aren’t necessarily controllable. I have seldom seen a diplomat who blatantly
    criticizes the government of the country that he is posted to unless there
    are very good political reasons for doing so. I am sorry to say this but this is arrogance at its finest.
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    Mustafa H. Elsayed. 4 weeks ago in reply to Ibtihal

    • Subhan Allah !!!

    if he said that things are alright and there is no starvation or food crisis or the NCP is doing great and sudan is the best country he ever been to then you will be happy because he is improving ties between two countries (while it is just a lie) but you will tend to believe that..
    when he says the truth with utmost transparency then you criticize him and ask him not to go public !!
    what an inverted principles !
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    Bushra 3 weeks ago in reply to Ibtihal

    • Ibtihal is a well-known apologist for the NIF government. I wonder what she is doing in the U.S if Sudan under the current regime is the paradise she always tries to depict.
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    Sudanese Nubian 4 weeks ago in reply to Ibtihal

    • Ibtihal, I’m sorry to say this, but what you wrote is ludricrousness at its finest.

    This Arab “keeping face” mindset will get us nowhere. Sudan is in trouble. We have a serious leadership problem. Our country is underdeveloped. Our people are hungry. Our human development indicators are in the bottom 10% globally. Lets face it.

    Rather than acknowledging the facts and addressing the underlying issues/drivers, you are concerned with the right diplomatic protocol. Lets see where that gets us.
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    Samirshahal 4 weeks ago

    Samir

    I would like to express my gratitude for H.E. Kay for his truthfulness. When the truth was told by local newspapers the government confiscated it. Such writings bring the demagogic Islamic dictators of Khartoum back to reality.
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    Lola_1811 1 week ago

    I’ve read part of the comments after reading the article. But i just want to ask the ambassador to continue writing. Everything you wrote is true & just. It’s the reality that we live & I appreciate you writing about it.
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    Andy Wren 3 weeks ago

    Ambassador, I shared the details with the people of southern Sudan in Abyei and friends in Blue Nile and sth Kordofan and they all agreed you said more truth openly than any Govt including our own, donor, UN or NGO. You are 100% correct.
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    Monemy 3 weeks ago in reply to Andy Wren

    He certainly said the truth. But I doubt if he is sincere about the Sudanese people, and does not have other motives. Like putting pressure on the North that they are in deep economic mess, (which is a fact) while the south is all nice and dandy. I do not see any western diplomats or news agencies talking about the economic mess in the South, and the millions of starving southerners , buying a bag of sugar(50 kilos) for over 500 Sudanese pounds, or 125 US Dollars, 3 times its price in Khartoum.

    Such comments is not out of concern for Sudanese but a pressure tool on the Sudanese gov’t to give in and lessen their negotiating strength and think they are worst off from Southerners, which is not true, when sitting with Southerners. We all know that we are in an Economic war with the South. And we also know where the West stands in that war.
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    Monemy 3 weeks ago

    The Sudanese ambassador’s comment about Khartoum food prices would be taken seriously, if British officials are saying the same about the mess in Juba of the lack of food. The comments of the British ambassador is part of the policies of putting more pressure on Khartoum to give in to Juba in their economic war, where each capital is trying to see who has the longer breath.
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    Umm Nazir 3 weeks ago in reply to Monemy

    You have a correct point that Juba’s problems are seen as not of their own making, but it’s hardly relevant here. Do you imagine the UK government checks all Ambassadorial comment and demands that each representative make the same comment – should Kay also note places where there is hunger in the rest of east & horn of Africa? In any case, had he mentioned Juba you would have criticised him for reuniting seperated countries…
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    Sudanese Nubian 4 weeks ago

    Your Excellency – your comments are painfully true.

    I admire and respect your candor. The fact that your comments are causing such a stir, only serves to vindicate them.

    Please keep up the good work – the day when these despots are gone; you will be handsomely rewarded as a true friend of our nation.

    In the meantime, lets pray that the Almighty spares as many lives as possible and gives those who are suffering the strength to hold steadfast in these most miserable times.
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    Khawajah 4 weeks ago

    Dear Mr. Ambassador:I admire your truthfulness and appreciate your comments.I would, however, venture to say that in Sudan there is a fine line between the truth and the official truth.In this regard, although your message is necessary I am not sure that you are the appropriate messenger.Perhaps you can appreciate my concern and agree upon the need to leave some conclusions to your readership.Stay well
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    A Hassan 1 week ago

    I praise Ambassador Nicholas Kay for being a brave human & expressing the situation in Sudan, the world has became a smaller place & everyone should have the right to express his or her opinion freely. Wrong doers can not hide behind their controlled media any more. If anyone doesn’t like what the ambassador had said they need to look again at the situation in Sudan. The facts are there, we all know it, but only few people like the ambassador are loudly talking about them. Although I disagree with the ambassador, I don’t think their is hope with the current corrupted politicians. The Sudanese people are the ones who can make it the Sudan we want. I hope that Ambassador Nicholas Kay will continue writing on his blog. Thank you Nicholas Kay.
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    Ff 1 week ago

    Kassala University Students in Need of Urgent Medical Assistance Following Clash with RegimeKhartoum—(October 23, 2011) On October 20, and for the third consecutive day, students in Kassala University protested the academic, economic and political situation in the country. They were met with excessive violence from the regime including live ammunition and tear gas. The worse came when a car (gov……………ernment Land Cruiser) ran over 8 students critically injuring four students, two of them are in urgent need of medical attention. one of them is Idrees Mohemed Ali (department of education): has suffered a fracture in his spinal cord and is grave danger. His critical situation has made it impossible to transport him by car to Khartoum due to the condition of the roads. He needs a helicopter in order to be transported to a Khartoum hospital. . yesterday they also protested and a 13 years old boy has been killed
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    Andy B 2 weeks ago

    Mr Kay, laudable as your blog is; I think you are being too kind to Sudan & Africa in general. The malaise of Africa which results in the constant food crisis in that continent, is corruption.
    Corruption is endemic in Africa. The apex of corruption is the African politician. Constant wars disrupting normal human activity have been persistent in Africa, since the end of colonial rule in Africa. The resulting human catastrophy has then encouraged the aid donor syndrome, which only succeeds in propogating the problem. Until African politicians & leaders keep their hands out of the tills & Africans get over their mainly tribal issues, Africa will continue to be a basket case.
    My parents were British & lived & worked in Africa all their lives. I was educated in Africa & UK. I have subsequently lived & worked in Africa for over 25 years. I assure you, my heart genuinely bleeds for the ordinary African.
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    DrDjjl 2 weeks ago

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v

    British Hypocrisy !
    Attached files

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    Alstonjohar76 3 weeks ago

    Ibtihal; perhaps u have your own understanding of what Diplomatic mission is all about, but not to engage u into an empty chart, do u know how much the British government is donating in Sudan under the watchman-ship of H.E Mr kay? If really you believe that Khartoum is heaven why are u taking sanctuary in the US. If you Ibtihal and yo associates never comes to reality then your not a loving Sudanese national but a Sudanese domicile.
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    Khalid alamir 3 weeks ago

    From what I can remark the ambassador know much more than the president his self about the daily life and the hunger crisis and his reports reflect accuracy and proper mechanism of data collecting. I think that it will be better to treat the real situation with a highly responsibility and professional way to get out of this hazard case instead of speaking about his role and authority and therefore he is an ambassador so implicitly he is academician and fully qualified to speak and analyze our crisis I don’t feel any problem to benefit from him and dealing with this facts.
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    Abdelkhalig 3 weeks ago

    I think what the ambassador has pointed out its not even true, but its accurately summarizing the Sudanese polarized political and economic situation. Having heard this from the British ambassador whether in his official capacity or in any other capacity he chooses for himself, is not going to change how complex the situation on the ground really is and how the government is shortsighted when dealing with it. I understand why the Sudanese government is panic about the whole thing, but I find it difficult to understand why the Sudanese government is so enthusiastically promoting for (Fageh Al Sotra) even when it comes from a non-sudanese citizen. I agree that international intervention will bring no good for Sudan, but again it is the current regime to be blamed for any international intervention in the Sudan’s affair and soil. Finally, if any one states what the ambassador has said, he would probably be called, but not by the ministry of foreign affairs this time but by the Sudanese Security Agency SSA.
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    Amgdhilali 4 weeks ago

    Mr Ambassador:
    With due respect to your opinion on the situation in Sudan, however I have never heard you criticising your own goverment for participating in such events deserve to do so, for instance the unfair intervention in Afganistan, the unjustified intervention in Iraq and recently Libya. Your goverment is rising slogans of human rights protection while you are violating the same priciple in above mentioned countries. How many women your soldiers had raped? how many civilian were killed? how many innocent men were humilated in Abugrab and Guantinamu?
    Your excllency: you are talking about the new south sudan, while the discriminatin on the bases of race and religion is widely spreaded in your country and the last riots and demonstrations took place August in many cities around london including Tottinham was all about poverty, unemployment,unjustice and inequality,at these protests five citisens were killed and more than 150 wrer seriously injured because police forces used an excessive violence against them. even Cameron threatend to bring the army down streets incase of the continuation of these protests.what kind of demogracy is this ?? many of the protesters including kids below 16 are still in jails. In your country black or muslim citizens will never be a senior figure in police or military service or even FCO, how many black or muslim ambassdor do you have around the globe?
    Your Excllency: right now UK is facing the most ever horrific financial crise if you dont no, at this moment there is more than 1000 protesters infront of London stock market occupying St Paul’s street.
    yesterday the bank of england revealed that ( The cost of living is now rising three times faster than wages – squeezing people’s living standards even tighter. But instead of standing up for hard-pressed families, the government is making things worse by hiking VAT and cutting vital tax credits.) people here are living in misery.
    Your Exclleny the scandals are surronding your goverment from every direction, media hacking (news of the world), breaching the ministerial code as your (Minister of defence did) and selling weapons for many arab countries to use the against protesters.
    Your excellency: the MPs here are steeling their own people money, some of them are convicted red handed and many are still free. these are just simle examples and there is still many to uncover, so please focus on your country’s dilemas UK is no longer great Britain your best days have passed now you are striving to keep surrvive.
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    Ahmed Mohamed 4 weeks ago in reply to Amgdhilali

    What a load of rubbish. And so what if the economic outlook for the UK is bleak and there are riots in Tottenham and there is social upheaval – does that mean its OK to have a famine in Sudan? Or is it a case of “a kettle calling a pot black”? Hardly – the UK’s problems pale in comparison to ours.

    How can you defend the track record of this despicable government in Khartoum unless you have a stake in the game – that or you are smoking something that I would like to try.
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    Amgdhilali 3 weeks ago in reply to Ahmed Mohamed

    Dear Ahmed Mohamed

    What I mentiond is entirley to the point as the writer is an official figure, I didn’t deny the excistance of problem in Sudan but he is not the right person to vain them out.. You are talking about famine where is that famine?? have’t you had your lunch today??

    Even you have internet connection you would not have subscribed unless you apeased your dire needs???

    Yes I do have stake in this Country, because I am a Sudanese..

    What I am smoking ??? is patriotism, knowledge , deep thinking, specialization in this field. these things you can’t smoke in an eve it might take you ages.

    I dont know you personaly but if you are under 25 please dont reply because if so i could find execuses for you.
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    Ahmed Mohamed 2 weeks ago in reply to Amgdhilali

    Amgdhilali,
    So is there a “right person” to point out that Sudan has serious problems? President Al Bashir? Is he the right person, or is it one of his coterie of thugs? They certainly have no interest in talking about their abject failures. Maybe its concerned Sudanese like me – oh, yeah – I might get shot or imprisoned for that.

    The fact of the matter is that Sudan is as close to failed state as you can get. Why throw stones at the messenger? Or is it a case of pride? Suck up your pride and start thinking/acting to improve things. Lambasting the Ambassador for speaking the truth is no way to fix things.

    As for the famine – its because you haven’t travelled 30 miles out of Khartoum that you don’t see it. As for my lunch, yes I am part of the the fortunate few – luckily I’m not complacent with only feeding my belly.

    Good luck to Sudan with people like you – head in the sand and lets pretend that all is fine. Well, it isn’t. Wake up.

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    IAdamSudan 4 weeks ago

    “new
    South”: that’s wholly unbecoming of somebody of your stature, ambassador – a variant
    of Stockholm syndrome, I think.

    Sounds
    like you’ve been hanging out and gossiping at the tea stalls in Khartoum and
    Omdurman since you returned from Blighty – the equivalent of getting the lowdown on parliament in the UK from
    lorry drivers at a local greasy spoon – i.e. not very informed views, as your
    blog post above has demonstrated (see juvenile reference to visit by Iranian
    president; so what?? He was only here for a day – big deal).

    Indeed,
    it seems, Mr. Ambassador, that in your short time in Sudan you’ve embraced
    wholeheartedly the (lazy) caricature employed by virtually all ‘internationals’
    here:

    “Sudan
    – lovely people, horrible government.”

    NOTHING
    is EVER that simple.

    They – “Khartoum” – are neither the devil
    incarnate, nor angels in disguise, just like most other governments around the
    world are.

    Lastly,
    wanna stop hunger in Sudan, Mr. Ambassador???

    Well,
    how about doing something “visible” to address a REAL (rather than “phantom)
    issue that makes Sudan TRULY exceptional??? Namely, move at God’s speed – now that
    South Sudan has been birthed – in pushing your buddies from across the Pond and
    in the EU to speed the removal of US and (de facto) EU sanctions on the
    Sudanese government.

    Why
    do I say that???

    It’s
    easy, Mr. Ambassador, to lob brickbats at Khartoum (e.g. I note that you didn’t
    mention in your post that SPLA forces hadn’t withdrawn from Abyei yet either –
    how odd) and lament and gnash one’s teeth about “hunger” in Sudan and
    yet ignore, as you have done, that throttling Sudan’s public finances through
    those sanctions and absent foreign debt relief is wholly incompatible with expecting
    (let alone criticising as you have also done previously on this blog) the
    Sudanese state to somehow perform a stellar-like role as the main agency for
    development and welfare in the country; utter madness.

    (That’s
    similar to expecting an athlete to perform a 100 metres dash while his/her
    boots are weighed down with lead).

    There’s
    a word for that, Mr. Ambassador: “hubris”.

    Maybe
    “bombast”, too.

    I
    Adam

    Sudan

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    Ahmed Mohamed 4 weeks ago in reply to IAdamSudan

    Good command of English; but pitiful grasp of reality. If only the content was as good as your prose – you blame sanctions on the current economic malaise? Wow. Where have you been for the last 22 years?
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    IAdamSudan 3 weeks ago in reply to Ahmed Mohamed

    Ahmed – indeed I do; the truth is
    an offence, but not a sin.

    I pointed out that Ambo Kay is
    stunningly naive to lament about hunger in Sudan when there is an absence of
    development assistance by the UK and other Western nations plus sanctions and
    the like.

    I mean what did they expect to happen to Sudan from those actions???

    It hardly takes a genius to
    work out that starving a poor African country of development finance, debt
    relief and the like (all crucial ingredients the world over for underpinning
    social safety nets) for a period of over twenty years is likely to cause
    widespread poverty and hunger; Sudan should have NEVER been expected to make it
    just on oil revenue alone; even if defence and security spending were
    re-apportioned elsewhere, we’d still have acute widespread poverty, so don’t be
    fooled that doing so is the ‘silver bullet’ as Ambo Kay has seemingly claimed
    in the past.

    Indeed it is doubly rich for Ambo
    Kay to lament about hunger on Sudan because the UK and other Western counties
    joined the dots long ago: they know that sanctions have hit the Sudanese
    population very, very hard. They just couldn’t be bothered to look the
    consequences in the eye throughout all that period (i.e. prior to the signing
    of Naivasha in 2005). And after turning off the (financial) lights suddenly on
    ordinary Sudanese throughout the 1990s and early 2000s – Western nations
    suddenly start claiming concern about the plight of ordinary Sudanese now;
    galling.)

    If those factors are not mission critical to eliminating hunger and poverty
    in Sudan, as you seem to suggest, Ahmed, then try this experiment:

    let the UK and others withdraw such financial assistance from other African or
    developing countries for that long and then sit back and watch the outcome;
    would be far, far worse than Sudan – see Somalia as a harbinger.

    Sadly, the West has got millions
    of us ordinary Sudanese fooled, squabbling over how to divide an artificially
    small slice of cake (the Sudanese economy), whilst 4/5 of that cake remains
    locked away out of sight in deep cold storage (soft loans, repeal of sanctions,
    debt relief etc). Ask for that 4/5 instead, Ahmed, ‘cos the UK and other Western
    stakeholders are doing that for your (and other ordinary Sudanese) own good -
    apparently.

    Moreover, Sudan’s over-extended
    humanitarian needs – the 5.2 million people that, Ambo Kay trumpets, the UK
    aims to help “feed”, that word says it all i.e. baby-style, helpless
    Africans in need of rescue; why not “providing food for”?? – are,
    ultimately, just a manifestation of the UK and other Western stakeholders suffocating
    the Sudanese state’s ability to act as the main agency for development and
    social welfare throughout Sudan for such an awfully long period. (UK and other
    Western donors pass on the funds to INGOs to try to fill that ‘gap’, which they
    can’t nor should they be expected to, hence that’s why you don’t see a single
    INGO advocating for lifting of sanctions and debt relief – would put them out
    of business in Sudan).

    So, be clear, Ahmed, the
    humanitarian assistance that Ambo Kay has trumpeted is more about them trying
    to ‘buy’ (extend patronage) the loyalty of certain groups of the Sudanese
    population in their tiresome battle against the Sudanese state (Note to Ambo
    Kay: fix the economics first, rather than trying to navigate a political jungle
    that you, or indeed other internationals, will never truly understand – or at
    best exhibit only ‘newspaper headline’ knowledge about).

    Why do I say that about
    humanitarian assistance from the UK and other Western nations, Ahmed???

    Sure, I do truly appreciate the
    assistance on one level – rather the assistance then see ordinary Sudanese
    people die from conflict-related hunger. But, at the same time, I know that
    extreme poverty and economic underdevelopment generally is the underlying
    driver of Sudan’s history of conflict – be it between groups or against the
    state. So, if they, the UK and other Western stakeholders, cared for us
    ordinary Sudanese as much as they claim, then they would have lifted the
    financial constraints on Sudan to provide a sustainable basis for higher
    economic growth rates a long time ago; that (economic growth) is the most
    effective anti-hunger, violence and poverty weapon available to humankind -
    take note, Ambo Kay. (World poverty rates have tumbled over the last decade or
    so due largely to higher growth rates lifting millions out of poverty in China,
    India, and Brazil – not the West “feeding” people in the developing
    world, other forms of humanitarian indeed or the success of IMF/World Bank
    policies).

    Instead of doing so (easing the financial binds on Sudan), Ahmed, the UK and
    other Western nations continue to this very day to cravenly use sanctions,
    denial of debt relief and the like for leverage purposes against Khartoum -
    even though South Sudan has now been birthed and even they must surely know by
    now that they are hurting ordinary Sudanese people a hell of a lot!!

    (Jeez! How many diplomatic tasers do the UK and other Western stakeholders need
    when it comes to Sudan???)

    One day, hopefully soon, ordinary Sudanese will wake up from their sleepless
    slumber – and demand accountability from the UK and other Western nations for
    their abominable treatment of Sudan financially and its’ savage impact on
    ordinary Sudanese households and individuals over the last twenty-odd years (Crikey!
    Even Greeks, just after a couple of years, are squealing “No more austerity
    measures!” Apparently, Ahmed, Ambo Kay and other ‘internationals’ here kid
    themselves that Sudanese are superhuman – they haven’t even made a pip squeak about
    all of the austerity measures imposed due to Sudan’s economic suffocation by
    the UK and other Western stakeholders since 1989.)

    All things in Sudan – or even the world – are not
    NCP, Ahmed.

    With Salaams,

    I Adam,

    Sudan

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    Sudaneseyouth 4 weeks ago

    If I were you, I would join Twitter and read what Sudanese tweeps are saying about you and your posts
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    Ahmed Mohamed 4 weeks ago in reply to Sudaneseyouth

    Enlighten us. What are they saying on twitter?
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    Amgadhilali 3 weeks ago in reply to Ahmed Mohamed

    Ahmed Mohamed 6 days ago in reply to Sudaneseyouth
    Enlighten us. What are they saying on twitter? Here I do quote Ahmed Mohamed reply to SudaneseyouthDoes that means Ahmed Mohamed is the British Ambassador Nicholas Kay??certainly he is
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    Ahmed Mohamed 2 weeks ago in reply to Amgadhilali

    Amgadhilali, you are “certain” about a lot of things, aren’t you?

    “Does that means?” – go take some English classes at the British Council; it will do you good.
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    Amgdhilali 2 weeks ago in reply to Ahmed Mohamed

    go take some English classes at the British Council; it will do you good

    If you focused on the standard of english language in all comments compared to your language you will figure out the differece , you are the only native speaker here , dont tell me that you are a sudanese grew up in England, hahahaha you are British living in Gamma Street.Really you are not smart enough to be a diplomat , you had to be more keen to cover your self well Mr. Ambassador
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    Ahmed Mohamed 2 weeks ago in reply to Amgdhilali

    I like how you replied to yourself multiple times. Must have really put a bee under your bonnet (you can Google what that means), mustn’t I?

    So its not just a question of language – more a question of competence. Terrible what our schools are putting out these days – I bet you have a PhD in Information Systems Engineering. Wow.
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    Amgdhilali 2 weeks ago in reply to Ahmed Mohamed

    Sudanyouth said: If I were you, I would join Twitter and read what Sudanese tweeps are saying about you and your posts

    your reply :

    Enlighten (us). What are they saying on twitter?

    He was addressing the British Ambassador not you Ahmed Mohamed , nevertheless , you tookover and replyed to him. are you the british ambassador ?

    It seems you were alittle bite confused about some thing when wrote this reply.

    Yes I will take your advice seriousely, you are right I need more cources in english and that is very natural

    simply because it is not my mother tongue

    The same thing could happen to english native speaker when learning a foreign language.

    my last question

    are you Nicholas Kay , if so why are you scared to reveal your character

    if you repeat that again you will not be summoned but expelled
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    Amgdhilali 2 weeks ago in reply to Amgdhilali

    go take some English classes at the British Council; it will do you good

    If you focused on the standard of english language in all comments compared to your language you will figure

    out the differece , you are the only native speaker here , dont tell me that you are a sudanese grew up in

    England, hahahaha you are British living in Gamma Street.

    Really you are not smart enough to be a diplomat , you had to be more keen to cover your self well Mr.

    Ambassador
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    Ahmed Mohamed 2 weeks ago in reply to Amgdhilali

    Amgdhilali, you can call me the Ambassador all you want – its flattering. I am a Sudanese living in Sudan. U lau ma 3aajbak mumkin tamshi tashrab min al ba7ar. Al nass al zayyik 7ayaddasu wain lamma al thawra tagoom? Walla 7ataglibu munafqee? Inta lau Sudani fahim (bani aadam fahim) musta7eel tadafi3 3ala al haramiyya al saffa7een dail.

    Not going to respond to you any more. Not worth the time. Say what you like. Zamankum jai!
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    Amgdhilali 2 weeks ago in reply to Ahmed Mohamed

    وين انت ياسفير سكت وغفلت خشمك بعد ما إكتشفنا أمرك يا أحمد محمد

    تاني بتجي تنطط بي جاي انا قاعد ليك بالمرصاد وكل ما تكتب حاجه تاخد في راسك بالانجليزي والعربي والفرنسي

    يعني حسي نحن نناديك نيكولاس والله احمد محمد؟
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    AMGDHILAI 2 weeks ago in reply to Ahmed Mohamed

    you can call me the Ambassador all you want – its flattering

    Mr Ambassador , no need for denial your are writing from IP in gam3a Street, you are him using local staff to write arabic expressions.

    are you wauting for uprising ?

    you will wait for long.. 22 years ma gadreen ta3mlo revolution?? what kind of opposition we have??

    Al nass al zayyik 7ayaddasu wain lamma al thawra tagoom? Walla 7ataglibu munafqee?

    munafqee)? what is that shet you are writing go take some Arabic classes at l; it will do you good

    wain althawra de? are you dreaming man ? feel at ease no uprising on the horizon, look at the potential

    governments in the surounding coutries, Egypt, Libya and Tunisia all of them are Islamic regimes, our

    strategic depth is well backed, you will keep dreaming of regime change till the last day of your life.

    moreover , I am not living in Sudan even I have a second nationality, so I am not worrying of any thawra..

    YOU SEE:

    1/ EVERY PARTICIPANTS IN THIS BLOG, INITIALLY SUBMITTED THEIR VIEWS AND THEN DEFEND

    THEM, EXCEPT YOU , YOU JUST STARTED REPLYING AGGRESSIVELY TO OTHERS VIEWS ,

    ADOPTING THE WRITER’S OPINION, THAT BECAUSE U R THE WRITER

    2/ THE LAST COMMENT IN THIS BLOG WAS MADE 8 DAYS AGO , WHILST YOU ARE THE ONLY

    PERSON WHO IS STILL REPLYING TO COMMENTATORS

    ENTA LO SAFEER FAHIM MA KONTA TA7SHIR NAFSAK FE HAGAT MA BETKHOSAK

    abdulrahman 4 weeks ago

    I appreciate what the ambassador had revealed to the world contrary to fallacies of the Sudanese officials and their satellite newspapers Thanks for ur being honest and describe what is going on there with fair and truth

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