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Darka is one of the most professional, honest and knowledgeable partners we have ever worked with on the African Continent. We would and have on many occasions happily recommended their services in the region.
Clevin Correya
MD & Owner Octagon Freight Solutions LLC
We have been working with the Damfo team for a number of years and DHL Industrial Projects have developed a unique partnership, allowing us to draw upon their extensive knowledge in the East Africa region to develop new and innovative solutions for our customers. With their responsiveness, understanding of the local conditions their dedication and professionalism, Darka and DHL have been a winning combination. We look forward to many more years of fruitful cooperation.
Martyn Lawns
Global Head of Business Development – DHL Industrial Projects
DHL Global Forwarding

Sudan’s heritage: The story of Khartoum

Khartoum is the capital and largest city of Sudan. It is located at the confluence of the White Nile, flowing north from Lake Victoria, and the Blue Nile, flowing west from Ethiopia. The location where the two Niles meet is known as "al-Mogran" (English: "The Confluence"). The main Nile continues to flow north towards Egypt and the Mediterranean Sea. Divided by the two Rivers Nile, Khartoum is a tripartite metropolis with an estimated overall population of over seven million people, consisting of Khartoum proper, and linked by bridges to Khartoum North (Khartoum Bahri) and Omdurman (Umm Durmān) to the west.

Sudan, located in northeastern Africa. The name Sudan derives from the Arabic expression bilādal-sūdān(“land of the blacks”), by which medieval Arab geographers referred to the settled African countries that began at the southern edge of the Sahara. Sudan is home to many sub-Saharan African ethnic groups. Prior to the secession of the south in 2011, Sudan was the largest African country, with an area that represented more than 8 percent of the African continent and almost 2 percent of the world’s total land area.

National Museuem of Sudan

The National Museum of Sudan or Sudan National Museum, Abbreviated SNM, is a double storied building constructed in 1955 and established as a museum in 1971. The building and its surrounding gardens house the largest and most comprehensive Nubian archaeological collection in the world including objects from the Paleolithic through to the Islamic period originating from every site of importance in the Sudan.

The Mahdi's Omdurman

Omdurman’s early history, as well as the meaning of its name (“Mother of Durman”), remains obscure.1The first settlement there for which we have written evidence was associated with the Qur’an school (khalwah) of a local holy man, Shaykh Hamad wad Umm Maryam (c. 1646–1730), who in any event did not remain there long.

European travel accounts and Sudanese sources indicate that by the early 19th century, Omdurman had become a lightly inhabited village favored by local merchants for its access to the Nile confluence and important trade routes to the west (e.g., Darfur) and north (e.g., Dongola and Egypt). After 1820, officials of the Turco-Egyptian regime traveling upriver often conducted government business there before crossing over to Khartoum on the east bank, suggesting that Omdurman had acquired at least rudimentary facilities and resources by that time.

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