In post-Bashir Sudan, the battle between Islamist and secularist goes on
The risk is that the new era is just a prelude to another incarnation of that culture war, but in the meantime, Sudanese men and women are carving out new freedoms
Nairobi — There’s a party in Osama bin Laden’s old neighbourhood and Nasr Aldin has brought the booze to get things hopping. At 38, he’s no teenager, but it’s the first time he hasn’t feared the wrath of the authorities.
Being caught with alcohol in Sudan’s capital of Khartoum used to mean 40 lashes under former President Omar al-Bashir, who turned the African country of 40-million into an autocratic Islamic state over three decades. He was ousted by the army in April, and now the country that emulated Saudi Arabia in its pursuit of puritanism is rivalling the kingdom when it comes to loosening up...