I shared this blog written by a Sudanese lady sometime in the last two weeks. Here once more is the link to the blog http://www.buzzfeed.com/taggysudan/8-things-you-probably-dont-know-about-sudanese-pe-iphs . As I read through it again I find myself always smiling at point number four i.e. hospitality is not optional. It amazes me how this defines us and is common all over Sudan however challenging the conditions might be. Where does this come from, I wonder, and yet how beautiful that we all share this unique and remarkable trait. What is it that makes this very humane value so common among all Sudanese or maybe this question has no answer. I wonder if it is to do with our geography, tough environment/climate, diversity, beliefs… or yet again maybe there is no explanation.

I can’t help but notice that even for us fellows here in challenging DC with a very limited stipend and living in a very expensive part of the world we manage to still be as hospitable as possible. We always offer whatever we have and we still seem to be amazed when someone fusses over food or over a missing piece of bread although we really understand the frustration.

Therefore yes I totally agree that maybe you can take a Sudanese out of Sudan but you cannot take Sudan out of the Sudanese :).

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