Notes on the Geography of Sudan: A Southern Relic: Photo 1
The road was intended for several purposes. Among them: serving the Zande Scheme, a major British undertaking to stimulate cotton production. By the 1980s, there wasn't any Zande cotton, but the road was still in good shape. Why in such good shape? Partly, at least, because it's built of laterite dug from a weathered surface so hard that this part of the Sudan has long been known as the Ironstone Plateau. Travel along the road was not quite safe, though, for the civil war in the Sudan was already heating up.
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