Victoria Avenue, Khartoum

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This picture postcard shows Gordon’s statue in front of the Governor’s Palace at the end of Victoria Avenue. Much of course has changed. Gordon’s statue has been replaced by the monument to national unity that Nimeiri erected in the wake of the Addis Ababa Agreement of 1972.

The public gardens on either side of the road are still there but have been fenced off and can sometimes look rather overgrown and forlorn. The palm trees have long gone. These gardens were renamed Shuhada Gardens (martyrs gardens) after independence. I assume this was after the Sudanese soldiers of the XI Sudanese battalion  who rebelled in 1924 against the evacuation of Egyptian troops. I understand that some of them fell in the vicinity of the square/gardens while others fought on to the last man in the old Military Hospital next to the Nile.

It had been the assassination of Sir Lee Stack, the  Governor-General of Sudan and Sirdar, that gave the Sudan Government the excuse they needed to force the Egyptian army out of the Sudan. One of the medical laboratories at the southern other end of Palace Street/Shaari’ al QaSr (formerly named Victoria Avenue) was named after Stack.

My photo from around 2005 shows the Shuhuda Gardens as they remain today. The former Anglican Cathedral is on the left-hand while the Kuwaiti Towers are in the background.

 

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Shuhada Gardens by Muna Zaki

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