The Sudan: Bad Medicine

To its 9th century invaders, it was Bilad al-Sudan—Land of the Blacks. To the 4,000,000 blacks who live on its southern flood plains, the name is a mockery. Ruled by harsh Arab masters for most of the past 200 years, the Sudanese Negroes are little more than primitive prisoners in their own land. Political rights have been denied them, education withheld, and they have managed to preserve their dignity only by clinging to their past. The tall, naked Dinkas still worship animal spirits and fear the evil eye. The fierce Nuer herdsmen still subsist on milk, termites and...

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