Khartoum, Kassala and Coffee

Children delivering water to families around the village

Children delivering water to families around the village

A couple of weeks ago, I landed back in the UK after a long journey back from Kassala, a town in Eastern Sudan on the border with Eritrea. I'd been filming for the NGO Muslim Aid - discovering amazing ginger flavoured coffee and driving into remote tribal villages.

I knew zilch about Sudan before I left - and found myself loving the country and the people. It's not an easy place. We waited in our hotel in Khartoum for 2.5 days for paperwork and permissions to be sorted. It's very hot and dusty, and you've got to like chicken or fried fish or you're in trouble. 

The road to Kassala from Khartoum

The road to Kassala from Khartoum

The trip to Kassala was long (about ten hours) but we enjoyed tea breaks, mango breaks and some of the team caught up with some much needed sleep (see below)

Tea break on the road with our team from the local Muslim Aid office

Tea break on the road with our team from the local Muslim Aid office

Ali and Jubair lacking enough Red Bull to keep going

Ali and Jubair lacking enough Red Bull to keep going

Filming out in the villages was very rewarding - although challenging. For some people, we had double translations required (from the local dialect to Arabic to English). There were mini sandstorms popping up everywhere. And after a few hours we had drunk all our reserves of bottled water. There were herds of camels everywhere - apparently used mostly for their meat - which is very tough but preferred by some tribes over beef.

Meeting the camels

Meeting the camels

Filming in Hamida's home

Filming in Hamida's home

Camel herder, about 1 hour from Kassala

Camel herder, about 1 hour from Kassala

To be continued...