Archive: November, 1986

H.E.: Exchangeable Identity [2]

SUDAN TIMES

THE THOUGHTS AND WORKS OF H. E. THE HIGH COMMISSIONER

A CASE OF EXCHANGEABLE IDENTITY [2]

 

 

I sat in the Hilton’s lounge sipping a Seven-Up and wishing it were made of stronger stuff.  I was about to leave when I saw Ten Percent, my old top aide and the confidential keeper of my private affairs, walking into the lobby of the hotel. For a moment it seemed unreal seeing him there, dressed in the latest fashion Pierre Cardin suit. He was, of course, supposed to be a long-term resident of Kober prison. But I guessed that he was out on one of his frequent forays into town; presumably for another family occasion to celebrate yagu aidin.

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H.E.: The Great Victory [1]

SUDAN TIMES

THE THOUGHTS AND WORKS OF H.E. THE HIGH COMMISSIONER

THE GREAT VICTORY [1]

 

 

[Author’s note: this is the first installment of a trilogy which has a personal background to it. Shortly after the end of the Transitional Period in 1986, the American University in Cairo renewed an offer for me to teach there (originally made before I joined the Transitional Government). But the then Egyptian Ambassador in Khartoum, who had labeled me as anti-Egyptian during his service as Minister of Culture and Information, warned his government against my sojourn in Cairo as constituting a ‘threat to national security’. The Egyptian authorities then refused the residency permit (which was not even required under treaties in effect at the time between the two countries) declaring me a persona non grata and thus blocking my teaching career at the AUC. This humor article was the first in the trilogy lambasting the activities of the Egyptian Embassy in Khartoum at the time.]

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