Ismail Adam Mohamed Zain – Sudanile

Zoll’s Memoirs in God’s Paradise on Earth
The Journey: Memoirs of a Sudanese who emigrated to the West Indies
By: Dr. Musa Sharif Mohamed Ahmed
Presented and presented by: Ismail Adam Mohamed Zain

Dr. wanders us around. Musa studied at Al-Abyad High School in Al-Ahliyya and settled in the home of one of the benefactors’ merchants, Sheikh Bashir – the people of Sudan left and still house science students in their homes, who is a beautiful tradition of solidarity and acquaintance.And after the third episode.
A large theater is located on the west side of the main building. To the east were the teachers’ houses. The mosque is located south of the main building. The manpower house was southwest of the school village. It consisted of small two-bedroom concrete cottages. There were 8 soccer fields on the west side of town. Also a basketball court.
Because the school was built far from the city, students were allowed to go to movies on weekends to visit Kordofan Cinema, The Sand Bride, or their family members. Fun activities were arranged on weekends. Each house had to present songs, jokes, and short plays from the theater, which were attended by everyone, including the families of the teachers and staff.
The school provided transportation for students who wanted to go back and forth within four hours. One year we went to celebrate, and we were packed into a (commercial truck) to go back to school on that miserable night. Halfway to school, the driver lost control of the truck and the car fell on the left side of the dirt road. It was thrown and rolled to the ground. I thought I was dead when I opened my eyes, I see student Ibrahim’s leg stuck between the iron corner of the truck. He asked for help. We had to lift the truck a bit to free his leg. He was happy that his knee was injured but not broken. The shin of student Ahmad Abdul-Jabbar was about to be cut, but my neighbor in the class, Abdul-Halim of Kosti, died instantly. I was lucky to have a scrape in my chest and stomach without it bleeding. Other students end up with bruises and cuts.
The four years I spent in high school were unforgettable. This was the time when General Aboud Sudan ruled (1958-1964). During this period the country was ruled by 7 military generals. The constitution was suspended, electoral parties banned, no freedom of expression and no freedom of the press. They had one daily newspaper called “Al-Thawra” which was controlled by the government. People used to call it Al-Brash with a penny, and there are other dailies like Al-Sahafa “Al-Ayyam” and “Al-Rai Al-Aam” but they were banned from publishing anything against the government or The political parties went underground and all they did was publish pamphlets urging the population to stand up against the junta’s dictatorship.
Revolution (1964)
Two political parties have succeeded in infiltrating the student community in high school and university. It was 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 retained its name.
The revolution against the army broke out with a lecture organized by the Muslim Brotherhood at the University of Khartoum 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 – Qurashi. This was the spark for the revolution of October 21, 1964. The political parties began to mobilize the masses in protests against the ruling army. Every city went out in a protest in which they demanded that the military rulers retire and hand over power to a civilian government. Most of the protests took place in the capital, Khartoum.
When the news reached our school about the murder of university student Al-Qurashi and the protests in Khartoum, we decided to strike at our school. Then the administration closed the school, and the principal at that time was Ahmed Hamed Al-Faki of Al-Ailafoun and his deputy, Dr. Ahmed Abdullah Sami. It was decided to send all the students to their homes. My brother Khalil and I could not go to our town pine because we knew our father would take us back to school. We ended up with our sister Khadija who lived far from Sanubar in another town called Al Rahad
Demonstrations continued across the country. When Lieutenant-General Abboud saw the number of protesters in the streets demanding civilian rule, he made a bold announcement on Omdurman National Radio. Since this is the will of the people, he said, he will retire and take over the task of a civilian government. Therefore, the political leaders of the various parties and unions elected a transitional government led by a teacher named Sir al-Khatim al-Khalifa. Since then, democratic life has emerged and the various parties have organized themselves to run for free democratic elections with a parliament and a civilian government.
This year was our last school year, and we had to take the school certificate exam in March 1965. The turmoil of the revolution had a devastating effect on some of us. We did not sit fully prepared for the exam, and when the results were announced, my brother Khalil and I did not get the five degrees required to enter Khartoum University. We choose to apply to institutes that require fewer qualifications. My brother applied to the Polytechnic Institute. It was a pity that one of our classmates was chosen. He is now an art teacher with a PhD.
Transition to higher education
Akhil Khalil passed the Arabic language with distinction and joined Omdurman Radio as a broadcaster. This new development also seems to be the best move. He lived in Omdurman and brought my mother and sister Khadija and her two children Mukhtas and Tahira to stay with him. My sister’s husband is a Mauritanian citizen who was naturalized in Sudan. After having a son and a girlfriend 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 her to get on with her life. In the end, he accepted my request and sent the tickets. I could not travel at that time, so my brother Khalil 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. It was the best choice I’ve made in my life. The institute teaches agriculture and offers a diploma in three years above secondary school. Graduates serve as a link between the farm and the management of the business run by the university degree holders.
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 on two blocks, one of which is a two-story building that houses the classrooms and clerical office. A second apartment building houses the laboratories.
To the east are the soccer field and the dormitories. It consisted of two two-storey buildings. It was in one room to accommodate two students. Two apartment blocks are designed to accommodate two students in each room. Between them there is a dining room and kitchen. Next was the building that served as an evening club. Basically, the club was active in the evenings with students attending to enjoy a cup of black mint tea, watch TV and take part in a game of chess, dominoes or chess.
I was club secretary for one term. During my tenure, I managed to bring a black and white TV. We have also previously arranged lectures, mostly from clergymen such as dr. Hassan al-Turabi, the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood. We had Mahmoud Mohamed Taha, head of the Republican Party. He was a controversial man who put forward some ideas that were contrary to the canons of Islamic teachings. By the way, his ideas have reached a level of intolerance through the mainstream of Muslims. He was tried and executed as a heretic.
The institute provided a very ideal environment for living and studying. As for the residences, it was very convenient for two students to share one room. The dining room provided us with three balanced meals. In addition, each student received a scholarship of £ 5 pocket money per month. It was very helpful for me because I had to work during the summer holidays to support my high school needs. I worked for a cigarette company that sells brands like Rothman, Benson, Hedges and Matinee, as well as a local brand called Abu Nakhla (Palm Tree).
The three-year designed course was well organized. We covered about eleven agricultural topics such as animal husbandry, crop breeding, crop protection, entomology, soil chemistry, plant pathology, plant breeding, veterinary animal health, agricultural accounting and mechanization. Each student was allocated a piece of land to cultivate short-lived crops to gain first-hand work experience in the field. We also had to set up associations to raise animals, especially poultry and dairy, that herd dairy cows.
The lectures were delivered by specialized doctors of the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Khartoum. Graduates of our time have formed the backbone of the technical framework of agricultural and research projects across the country.

Figure 1 Retreat under the shadow of Al-Haraza in the village of Snobar

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