A War for Sudan’s Identity: The Loss and Destruction of Culture and Heritage

This article was first published by The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy.

Millions of people have fled their homes in Sudan, leaving with very little. They left behind personal belongings, memories, photo albums, documents, certificates, and even documents proving land and property ownership.

The Sudan Heritage Protection Initiative (SHPI) has been tracking the destruction to heritage sites and universities which house research and cultural centers with age-old manuscripts and books. To this day, we still have very scarce information about the National Corporation of Antiquities and Museums which has rare documentation about Sudan’s history, since it became hard to reach when the war started.