The Case for Black With a Capital B



Khalid Kodi - Artist

The Republic of Sudan is the largest country in Africa, and the largest country in the Arab world. According to the Failed States Index, in 2009 Sudan was the third most politically unstable country in the world, behind only Somalia and Zimbabwe. Sudan’s recent history has been steeped in conflict. In the last 65 years the country has had two civil wars; the first lasted from 1955 to 1972, and the second from 1983 to 2005. The reason for this is the ongoing crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan, where rebels, militia and government forces have been fighting since the end of the second civil war. All parties have been accused of atrocities so grave that in 2004 then-Secretary of State Colin Powell dubbed the situation a genocide.

In this interview Sudan-born artist Khalid Kodi talks about misconceptions people have about his homeland, what he wishes people knew about it, how he feels about the role the United States has played in Sudanese history, and what role he would like it to play in the future.