In March 1952, the monthly summary circulated to senior members of the Sudan government contained an enthusiastic description of an event in the western province of Kordofan, among the Kababish tribe of camel-owning Arab nomads.

In Northern Kordofan a very big Tribal Gathering was held at Soderi on the 15th and 16th on the occasion of the opening of the new Kababish R[ural] D[istrict] C[ouncil] building … It was attended by the Civil Secretary and many other British and Sudanese officials and guests. Three aeroplanes helped in bringing the guests from various parts of the Sudan … In the afternoon a programme of sports and horse and camel races was held. At 6 pm a tea party was given during which a broadcast describing the events of the day was heard from Omdurman.1

During the course of his packed two-day programme...

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