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El Emam: no man remains

09/01/2007 | Panos London

“We travel in the search for work, and certainly we are affected,” explains El Emam, as he describes how villagers’ lives are dominated by their need to migrate. The collapse of agriculture and livestock farming since the 1984 drought has meant that there is little local employment. Before then: “people’s situations were good, there were…

El Nour: inside my heart

09/01/2007 | Panos London

Now in his late 60s, El Nour has vivid memories of life before the great drought of 1984. Then, wildlife flourished on well-forested land. Now, the gazelle and other animals that people hunted have disappeared, along with the livestock that provided him with a living.”I possessed about 300 head of livestock, and now I have…

Fatima: women are exhausted

09/01/2007 | Panos London

Fatima is in her early 60s and is separated from her husband. She has been the main earner in her family and now looks after her grandchildren. She says that she is worn out from hard labour in the fields, poor nutrition and the extra work of gathering wood for fuel and water.”Women are exhausted,”…

Ismail: broader horizons

09/01/2007 | Panos London

For 25-year-old Ismail, life is clearly divided into the times before and after the drought of 1984. There is, he says, “no resemblance between the two periods”. Before, people lived well off the land. Now their animals have died and relying on agriculture is impossible. Today “our work is to migrate to the cities”. Ismail…

Blinded by sand

06/14/2007 | Abbas Hassan Ahmed

When the desert crept into the village of El Ihemrat in Sudan's Northern Kordofan region, it claimed El Nour Abd Elrasol's wealth, his eyesight and his future. 

Paul Jimbo

01/01/2001 | Anna Egan

Paul Jimbo is a graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication, a fellow with United Nations Framework for Climate Change (UNFCCC) and COM +( an alliance of communicators). From Sudan, he uses his profession to empower women and children, who are often the most vulnerable in any society. Paul has been published in Gazeta four times…

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