Kassala

Overview

Introduction

Surrounded by strange jebels (rounded hills), Kassala (pop. 430,000) has an active souk (market) selling locally made handicrafts (jewelry, knives, swords). Women of the Rashida tribe (descendants of 19th-century immigrants from Saudi Arabia) make the silver jewelry. Kassala can be reached by bus from Khartoum or Port Sudan. 250 mi/400 km east of Khartoum.

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