Khartoum - Post Report Question and Answers

Are there problems with ethnic, race/racial minorities or religious prejudices? Gender equality?

Women are clearly treated unequally in the Sudanese culture. Men respect only the opinions of men, but not those of women. Women traveling alone in the city (shopping, etc) will have to be assertive to get the service they need. - Feb 2018

Not if you're an expat. - May 2017

Certainly not within the Embassy. The community is generally kind and welcoming to all. - Nov 2016

Yes, ethnic, tribal, and religious prejudices are at the heart of Sudan's multiple armed conflicts. There is no gender equality, but this is more troubling for Sudanese women than foreigners. - Oct 2016

Women are normally treated poorly, and non-Arab-descent Sudanese are treated far worse. They treat white people pretty well, to include white women. Black Americans don't have many issues and they tend to be equally polite when they see a black US diplomat since they empathize with their struggle for equality. - Mar 2016

Most Sudanese accept Christians since there are several churches of various denominations here (despite the infrequent bulldozing of some), and Western women who don't cover up are not harassed in public. There is prejudice within the country against those of "African" decent such as the South Sudanese, but this does not affect people of various ethnic backgrounds so long as they are from other parts of the world. - Mar 2015

It is an Islamic country but foreigners are not expected to cover up. Outside of Khartoum there is a lot of ethnic violence and gender prejudice is definitely a thing. - Apr 2014

For the most part not. However, a friend and I were called prostitutes while waiting for a car on one occasion. - Jun 2011

Not a foreigner here we get along pretty well. Once in a while you'll run into a more conservative Sudanese who will give you a dirty look. Most of the Sudanese, though, are great. - Apr 2010

Probably not for expats. However, Khartoum is full of refugees: from all parts of Sudan, but especially the South and Darfur; also, from Ethiopia and Eritrea. They seem to be subject to a fair amount of official and police harassment. - Sep 2008

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