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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