Griselda Al Tayib
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Brit in Sudan: 'I'd rather die here'

Sudan is rarely out of the news for long but the headlines are usually negative.

From a decade of conflict and atrocities in Darfur and a President indicted for war crimes, to widespread human rights abuses and nearly half a century of civil war.

Yet it is place that a former British artist and teacher has chosen as her home for more than six decades. Griselda Al Tayib, MBE, moved to Sudan in 1950 before the Anglo-Egyptian Colony gained independence and has lived there ever since.

Speaking at her home in Khartoum she began by telling Today correspondent, Mike Thomson, that her affection for this vast country grew from her love for her husband, the revered Sudanese academic, Abdallah Al Tayib, who was known as the Godfather of Arabic.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Thursday 4 April 2013.

  • 04 Apr 2013
  • From the section Africa