Khartoum turns into a “ghost town” on the first day of Ramadan

The scene today appears to be in complete contrast to the events of yesterday, where the capital is very crowded with traffic and a remarkable congestion in front of shopping centers and the sale of food and drinks.

Published in: Mar 23, 2023: 02:53 PM GST
Last updated: Mar 23, 2023: 03:27 PM GST

The strange scene appears to be in complete contrast to the events of yesterday, as those same places suffered from very large traffic congestion and remarkable congestion in front of shopping centers and selling food and drinks, and the traffic congestion extended until late hours of yesterday night. monitored that the main streets of the Sudanese capital were empty of pedestrians and cars in the early hours of the day today, Thursday – the first of the month of Ramadan – in a remarkable way, as these streets usually witness heavy movement and traffic congestion throughout the week.

The scene of Khartoum with the beginning of the month of fasting attracted the attention of social media users, who published many pictures showing the streets of central Khartoum or “Downtown”, empty in an unusual way.

Eyewitnesses told that the central area of ​​Khartoum does not witness a small number of pedestrians and cars as it appeared except in very rare times, specifically on holidays, especially the holidays of Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, when large numbers of citizens leave for a vacation. Holidays near their families in the different states of Sudan.

Most of those whom spoke to attributed the appearance of pedestrians and cars in insignificant numbers, to the fasting people staying in their places, for fear of exposure to fatigue, hunger and thirst on the first day, in light of the high temperatures. However, they stressed that the movement will return to its previous state until the end of the first days of Ramadan.

One of the citizens told that he covered the distance from his place of residence in the Shambat neighborhood in Khartoum North to his workplace in central Khartoum, passing through the Mak Nimr Bridge, in a very short time compared to normal days, as he covered that distance, estimated at about 13 km, in a record time.

This person added that the feature of calm is not limited to the center of the capital alone, as it has moved even to residential neighborhoods as well as markets, and the vast majority of shops closed their doors, according to what was monitored on his way to his workplace.