Memories of Zoll in God’s paradise on earth
Travel: Memories of a Sudanese who emigrated to the West Indies
By: Dr. Musa Sharif Mohamed Ahmed
Presented and Presented by: Ismail Adam Mohamed Zain
Na fir Dr. Musai studied at the high school in Al-Abyad, Al-Ahliyya, and settled in the house of one of the charitable traders, Sheikh Bashir – the people of Sudan have gone and are still hosting science students in their homes, which. is a beautiful tradition of solidarity and recognition.And in the third episode.
A large theater is located on the west side of the main building. On the east side were the teachers’ houses. The mosque is located south of the main building. The workforce settlement was southwest of the school village. It consisted of small concrete houses with two bedrooms. On the west side of the village there were 8 football fields. Also, a basketball court.
Since the school was built away from the city, students were allowed to go on weekends to watch movies at the Kordofan cinema, The Bride of the Sand or to visit their relatives. Fun activities were organized on weekend nights. Each house had to present songs, jokes, and short plays from the theater, where everyone, including teachers’ families and staff, participated.
The school provided transportation for students who wanted to go and return within four hours. One year we went to celebrate and got on a (commercial truck) to go back to school on that miserable threshold. Halfway to school, the driver lost control of the truck and the car crashed on the left side of the gravel road. He jumped and rolled on the ground. I thought I was dead when I opened my eyes, I saw the leg of student Ibrahim stuck between the iron corner of the truck. He was asking for help. We had to lift the truck a little to free his leg. He was lucky that his knee was injured but not broken. The traces of student Ahmad Abdul-Jabbar would be expected, but my classmate, Abdul-Halim from Kosti, died on the spot. I was lucky to have a scratch on my chest and stomach without bleeding. The other students end up with bruises and cuts.
The four years I spent in high school were memorable. This was the time when General Aboud ruled Sudan (1958-1964). During this period the country was led by 7 military generals. The constitution was suspended, electoral parties were banned, without freedom of expression and without freedom of the press. They had a daily newspaper called “Al-Thawra” which was controlled by the government. People call him Al-Brash for a penny, and there are other daily newspapers like Al-Sahafa “Al-Ayyam” and “Al-Rai Al-Aam” but they were forbidden to publish anything against the government or criticize it Political parties went underground, and all they did was publish pamphlets urging the population to rise up against the dictatorship of the junta.
Two political parties managed to penetrate the student community in the gymnasium and university. These were the Communist Party and the Muslim Brotherhood (later known as the Islamic Charter Front). In my school the Communist Party acted as a democratic front, while the Muslim Brotherhood bore its name.
The anti-army revolution erupted with a lecture organized by the Muslim Brotherhood at Khartoum University in October 1964. Security forces entered the university in an attempt to disperse the students and during that confrontation one of the students was shot dead by Al. -Kurashi. This was the spark for the revolution of October 21, 1964. Political parties began to mobilize the masses in demonstrations against the ruling army. Each city staged a demonstration calling for the military rulers to step down and hand over power to a civilian government. Most of the demonstrations took place in the capital, Khartoum.
When the news of the killing of student Al-Qurashi and the demonstrations in Khartoum reached our school, we decided to hit our school. Then the administration closed the school and the principal at the time was Ahmed Hamed Al-Faki from Al-Ailafun and his deputy Dr. Ahmed Abdullah Samiu, it was decided that all students should be sent to their homes. My brother Halili and I could not go to our village pine because we knew our father would take us back to school. We ended up with our sister Khadijah, who lived far from Sanubar in another city called Al Rahad.
Demonstrations continued across the country. When Lieutenant General Abboud saw the number of street demonstrators demanding civil rule, he made a bold announcement on Omdurman National Radio. As this is the will of the people, he said, he will step down and take up the task of a civilian government. Therefore, the political leaders of the various parties and unions elected a transitional government headed by a teacher named Sir al-Khatim al-Khalifa. Since then, democratic life has been born and various parties have organized to run for free democratic elections with a parliament and a civilian government.
This year was the last year of school and we had to pass the school certificate exam in March 1965. The riots of the revolution had a devastating effect on some of us. We sat on the exam completely unprepared and when the results were announced, my brother Khalil and I did not get the five grades needed to enter Khartoum University. We choose to apply to institutes that require fewer qualifications. My brother applied to the Polytechnic Institute. It was unfortunate that one of our classmates was chosen. He is now an art teacher with a doctorate.
Transition to higher education
Akhil Khalil switched Arabic with distinction and joined Radio Omdurman as a broadcaster. This new development also turned out to be the best move. He resided in Omdurman and brought my mother and my sister Khadija and her two children Mukhtas and Tahira to stay with him. My sister’s husband is a naturalized Mauritanian citizen in Sudan. After having a son and a daughter from my sister, he decided to visit his homeland. It took six years before I contacted him to send tickets to his wife and children or her divorce and allow him to continue her life. He finally accepted my request and sent me the tickets. I could not travel at the time, so my brother Khalili took them to Mauritania. She now lives happily with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. We visited them in 2017, my two brothers, Dr. Al-Fateh and Khalil. It was a wonderful family reunion after so many years.
As for me, I did very well in science, so I applied to the Shambat Agricultural Institute. This was the best choice I made in my life. The institute teaches agriculture and offers a three-year high school diploma. Graduates act as a link between the farm and the management of the enterprise run by the university degree holders.
The Shambat Institute is located in Khartoum North, Shambat district. It covers a large area occupied by buildings and agricultural areas. The administration building is built in two blocks, one of which is a two-storey building housing the classrooms and offices of the clerks. A second flat building houses the laboratories.
On the east side are the football field and dormitories. It consisted of two two-story buildings. It was in a room to accommodate two students. Two flat blocks are designed to accommodate two students in each room. Among them there is a dining room and kitchen. Next was the building that served as the evening club. Basically, the club was active in the evenings with students attending to enjoy a cup of black mint tea, watch TV and participate in a game of chess, dominoes or chess.
I have been the club secretary for a term. During my tenure I managed to bring a black and white TV. We also organized lectures mainly by clerics like Dr. Hassan al-Turabi, leader of the Muslim Brotherhood. We had Mahmud Mohamed Taha, the leader of the Republican Party. He was a controversial man who presented some ideas contrary to the canons of Islamic teachings. Coincidentally, his ideas reached a level of intolerance from the mainstream of Muslims. He was tried and executed as a heretic.
The institute offered a very ideal environment to live and study. In terms of dormitories, it was very convenient for two students to share a room. The dining room offered us three balanced meals. Furthermore, each student was given a scholarship of pa 5 pocket money per month. This was very rewarding for me because I had to work during the summer holidays to meet my high school needs. I worked for a cigarette company that sold brands like Rothman, Benson, Hedges and Matinee as well as a local brand called Abu Nakhla (Palma Tree).
The designed three-year course was well organized. We have addressed about eleven agricultural topics such as livestock, crop breeding, crop protection, entomology, soil chemistry, plant pathology, plant breeding, veterinary animal health, agricultural accounting and mechanization. Each student was given a plot of land to cultivate short-lived crops to gain first-hand work experience in the field. We also had to create associations for raising animals, especially poultry and dairies, which take care of dairy cows.
The lectures were given by specialized physicians from the Faculty of Agriculture, Khartoum University. Graduates of our time have formed the backbone of the technical staff of agricultural and research projects across the country.
Figure 1 Retreat under the shadow of Al-Haraza in the village of Snobar