Wednesday, March 18, 2009

'I just sit there. Nobody talks to me'

The Globe and Mail newspaper (Canada)
13 March 2009

KHARTOUM -- Late at night, from the quiet guardhouse at the Canadian embassy in Sudan's dusty capital, Khartoum, Abousfian Abdelrazik makes a call. He asks if the person on the line will be coming to see him. He sounds desperate.

More than 10 months into his unusual stay at the high-walled embassy, Mr. Abdelrazik's contact with the outside world has been reduced to small talk with embassy staff and strangers in the waiting room and increasingly occasional visits from some members of his extended family still living in Sudan.

The phone call to this Canadian journalist in Khartoum is short. Mr. Abdelrazik is told the previously planned visit will have to be cancelled. He sounds disappointed. Few people have shown interest in his life; he has few threads left to hang on to.

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