Significant People and Organisations
Beja Congress | National Democratic Alliance | National Islamic Front
Sudan Alliance Forces | Sudan People's Liberation Army/Movement
The Beja Congress, a signatory
to the NDA's 1995 Asmara Declaration, effectively controls a swathe
of eastern Sudan centred around Garoura and Hamshkoraib. The leader
of the Beja Congress, Amin Shingrai, interviewed in the
UAE newspaper al-Khaleej on 20 August, 1996, said his organisation
had been fighting the Sudan Government on the eastern border since
1993, and its main target is to get rid of the current regime.
The three million Beja tribespeople in the east are 'marginalised',
he said, and they refuse to negotiate with the National Islamic
Not well-organised as a fighting force. This does not detract from their ferocity as opponents: the Beja were immortalized a century ago in the verse of Rudyard Kipling as the "Fuzzy-Wuzzy", fearless and worthy enemies of the British, who fought with spears against machine guns.