05 Jun Sudan after the Secession
I first came to know about Republic of the Sudan prior to the secession of South Sudan. Things were somewhat stable, prices were affordable and even foreign exchange rate was higher than that in the Gulf countries. What surprised me most was that the US dollar rate against the Sudanese Pound was only 2.3, while it was 3.60 against the AED and Saudi Riyal.
Accordingly, I did not feel the big difference between living standards in the Gulf countries and Republic of the Sudan until 2011 when the oil-rich South separated from the North. Since then, the Sudanese Pound keeps sharply dropping and the US dollar exchange rate today is 40 SDG. Yes, I have witnessed these economic and political fluctuations that plagued Sudan.
In this photo, me and Ahmed Albashir, a Sudanese national and classmate. Each time I discuss with him the consequences of dividing Sudan into two countries I find that logical, open and factual dialogue