Sir Douglas Newbold
Douglas Newbold (1894) entered the Sudan Political Service in 1920. His
first post was the nomad district of Dar Kababish on the fringe of the
Lybian Desert.From 1932 to 1938 he was Governor of Kordofan.
From 1939 until his death in 1945 he was Civil Secretary of Sudan. He
was closely involved in the proces of democratization that led up to the
independence of Sudan in 1956.
In The Making of the Modern Sudan (1952), K.D.D. Henderson has drawn
extensively from the papers and letters of Douglas Newbold. In his letters
Douglas shows himseld a witty observer and he's lovely to read. Just one
The kujurs in the Eastern Jebels are mostly unimportant and have no executive
power [...] They ward of locust, and bring rain, and bring madness on
chaps. Otoro and Tira have nonentities. They are, however, wizards and
the people want them.
The photos are copied from The making of the Modern Sudan. Probably not
one of them is taken by Douglas Newbold.
Typical Kordofanian Fula during the rainy season
On trek in the Nuba Mountains
Newbold talkig to a typical Nuba on a hill-top during a trek
A march-past of Nuba with rifles at a tribal gathering
Nuba girls bringing onions to market