The Black Book:

Imbalance of Power and Wealth in Sudan

Authors: Seekers of Truth and Justice

Translator: Anonymous

March 2004

General Translator’s Introduction:

In 2000, a mysterious book appeared in the streets of Khartoum under the title “The Black

Book: Imbalance of Power and Wealth in the Sudan”. The mystery of the book was

strengthened by its impeccable method of distribution necessitated by the Regime’s firm grip

over information in the country. The launch of the work consisted of a once-off distribution at

gates of major mosques, following Friday prayers. Soon after, the circulation of the Book

gained momentum. Spontaneous photocopying made the Book available all over the country

and abroad. The book soon became the most talked about document in the country. It was an

envy of any writer, the world over. Most readers had never seen the original copy of the

book. Illiterate people too became familiar with the Book as it was debated in every gathering.

The thesis of the Book is simple but disturbing. Using statistics, the authors claim that Sudan

is controlled by only one Region (Northern Region) with just over 5% of Sudan’s population.

Within this hegemonic Region, power is monopolised by only three ethnic groups. The Book

then gave detailed statistics about the hegemony of the Northern Region over the whole the

county. All Sudan’s Presidents and Prime Ministers came from this Region. Members of this

Region also controlled all key positions in the country ranging from ministerial posts to heads

of banks, developmental schemes, army, police, etc.

Part Two of the Black Book did not appear until August 2002. Unlike Part One, this one

joined the global world and appeared in a website ( Part two has less talk but

more statistics. Altogether, there are more than 200 Tables in it.

As of last year (March 2003), some of the activists involved in the preparation of Book took

arms against the government. The armed uprising, referred to as Darfur Conflict, constitutes

Africa’s youngest civil war. To date, this war has resulted in 800,000 displaced, 120,000

refugees and no less than 100,000 fatalities.

In translating the Book from Arabic, I did my best to remain faithful to the text. Passages that

are of no value for the English reader have been eliminated. These passages are either steeped

in Arabic metaphors, or elsewhere presuppose some knowledge that is particular to Sudan’s

history, folklore and traditions. Retaining them in the text requires substantial explanation that

lies beyond my role as a translator.



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The Black Book:


To those who filled themselves of haughtiness, arrogance and feeling of superiority, wishing to

silence our Black Book or elsewhere replace it with their White Book.

To the Sudanese people who have endured oppression, injustice and tyranny

To the majority of the Sudanese people who still suffer marginalization of power and wealth

To those, who work for justice and equality with extreme honesty and self-denial.

Introduction to Part 1.

We present our work “The Black Book; Imbalance of Power and Wealth in the Sudan” as s