The Shifting Sands of Sudan

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Walking away: In response to international pressure, the Sudanese are demobilizing their child soldiers

The opening of an exhibition at artist Rashid Diab's Khartoum gallery two months ago was one of the social events of the year. Painters chatted to actors, writers engaged politicians, and partygoers gulped down soft drinks and scoffed plates of cocktail food. But when the newly appointed Minister of State for Culture stopped in front of a large canvas by young artist Yassir Abualharam, the hubbub died down. The painting showed naked women cavorting in an ocean, their breasts protruding above the waves. Would the Minister object and order the moral police to shut down the gallery? Would he shred the...

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