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I landed in Sudan on the first day of 2014 and spent a week bouncing between friends in Khartoum. Here is the surface of the world I observed.

The bed of an elderly man in Omdurman.

An acolyte strings up flags for the start of a week long celebration of the prophet Mohamed's birthday. The annual celebration covers a huge field at the Al-Khalifa Abdulla Mosque with tents for many Sufi schools.

A tombstone maker waits for the next customer on the edge of Hamid Anile Cemetery in Omdurman.

In Khartoum's sister city of Omdurman a group of friends try to troubleshoot why the internet has been so slow lately. Cell phone based internet is surprisingly common and relatively cheap. Sometimes less than 20 cents a day. But it can be painfully slow and unreliable.

A Sudan Airways flight scheduled for the morning finally boards just before sunset. The announced reason was a fuel shortage, while petroleum products have made up to 90% of Sudan's exports.

As the sun sets Sufi adherents at the Hamad Al-Nil cemetery break up their weekly worship and dance ceremony to pray and head home.

A group of boys and girls deviate from the national day celebrations on the cornice to take photos beside the Blue Nile. On the opposite bank of the a building is draped in a large Sudanese flag.

The Corinthia Hotel sits at the northern tip of Khartoum, and the confluence of the two niles. At one time it was a piece of Gaddafi's project to invest in, and unify Africa, financed by the Libyan government at a cost of over 80 million Euro. Now the sign of the Libyan Arab Foreign Investment Company on the wall of the hotel has lost a few letters.

Al Waha Mall is a surprisingly modern commercial center in the middle of an underdeveloped downtown.

Sugar candy "Arousa" dolls are a tradition for the celebration of Mohamed's birthday.

One of the many sufi schools gathering for the week long celebration of the prophet Mohamed's birthday.

Afternoon coffee break in Omdurman.

A store selling Apple Products fronts one of Khartoum's fancier hotels, not an actual Apple store.

Adherents of a sufi school gather in their tent on the first day of a 10 day celebration of Mohamed's birth.

The recently moved Arabi bus station marks the main transportation hub for people in the capital.

Customers smoke shisha and watch The Matrix in an apartment that has been converted into a coffee house in downtown Khartoum.

A display for QNET is set up in the bottom of Khartoum's new mall, an alleged product-based pyramid scheme, selling thins such as chi pendants, water filters that claim to make water more “hydratious”, fiber diets and time-shares in foreign countries.

One of the leaders of a Sufi school, also works as an accountant.

A rickshaw driver fills up his tanks near midnight. The recent protests in the capital were sparked by a cutting of government subsidies, including fuel for rickshaws which has forced them to raise their prices, and greatly reduced the number of customers according to one driver.

A restaurant specializing in agashei, a spiced meet originating from central Africa.

Syrians who recently moved to Sudan and set up a factory sell their distinctive Syrian desserts outside a celebration of the prophet Mohamed's birthday, a 10 day long celebration held each year at the Al-Khalifa Abdulla Mosque.

Passengers get on the plane to Cairo after a long delay.

Beside the roads in khartoum there are many temporary tea stalls set up with women serving drinks especially ginger spiced coffee.