By Sara El-Nager
For thousands of Ethiopians, Sudan is the first stop on a long journey to the developed world. From here they wait to be taken to Europe, America, Canada or Australia through UN resettlement programmes. Or they pay people smugglers to take them illegally.
Whether they remain in Sudan for a few months or for decades, nearly all share a sense of temporariness. The Sudanese law does not grant citizenship automatically by the length of residence. This and regular police identity checks and raids adds to Ethiopian citizens’ sense of instability.
Relations between Ethiopians and Sudanese are largely peaceful. Ethiopians tend to congregate and socialise amongst themselves. They have their own schools and churches. But with numbers of migrants increasing, complaints about ‘foreign presence’ are becoming more frequent.
The following photographs are of Ethiopians living and working around Khartoum.