Khartoum (Ahmed Ibrahim Ballal - Al-Sammani Awadallah - Photo: Alsir Mukhtar) - A Sudanese family composed of Madani Al-Sammani as a father and his two daughters
, Mai and Ithar, had visited the premises of Sudan Vision to talk about their experiences abroad, especially in Lebanon and Belgium.
They had left Sudan in 1993 with the intention of improving their economic position.
The ten years that the family of Al-Sammani had spent in Lebanon, were not all milk and honey. The harsh experience that they had encountered there made it very imperative for them migrate to Europe, especially to Belgium where they have presently lived.
Unfortunately, what they had harshly experienced before in Lebanon was repeated in Belgium.
Luckily, the bad experience of Belgium was only temporally and then no longer.
Of course, the initial miserable life in Belgium was not without justification. The Belgians were not accustomed to see foreigners in their daily life, especially the ones of an African origin - a situation that made them to become very biased against them. So, the mistreatment of the Al-Sammani and his family had just emanated from here.
Actually, for thorough reading of the Belgian community, this fact should be put into consideration; stance towards the foreigners, especially politically, is not one. Some political parties do support the presence of the foreigners in the country; others are at loggerheads with this trend, just calling for their immediate expulsion.
The long stay of Al-Sammani and his two daughters in Belgium, has allowed them the chance to get engaged in many activities which all are to revolve around portraying the positive side the Sudanese culture. Through art in particular, they have succeeded to adequately convey their message, whose manifestation is this; establishing a musical band that they have named, “the Nile Band”.
Al-Sammani told this incident to show how the others appreciated the good job he and his two daughters were doing. “Sudan’s ambassador to Australia happened to contact me just praising me for video song I made to reflect how significant the Sudanese culture is”.
Further, he told this story about his family who engaged in the distribution of food to the Belgian neighbors which is in the form of cooked wheat beans-something that is not without a lesson to learn; ‘how the Sudanese people are well concerned about and pay much attention to the neighbors’.
In addition, Al-Sammani and his family have invented a programme which they called ‘be a Sudanese’ whose main purpose is to teach the Sudanese, especially the ones who were born in Belgium, to learn how to know Sudan well’.
In line, Al-Sammani has formed VZW-a charity organization, whose basic tasks are the assistance of children, who are plagued with cancer, the children with special needs and to portray the bright sides of the Sudanese culture.
When asked about how he and his family had benefited from living abroad and far away from Sudan, Al-Sammani answered like this; “living abroad is a factor of unity; a factor of strong affiliation to the homeland Sudan”; and to condemn all the bad phenomena of ethnic and tribal affiliations, so to speak’.
And the thing that both Al-Sammani and the grandfather of the two daughters, Wahba Mahmoud, were very proud of is this; “the two daughters when they are availed the chance to visit Sudan, they have practically proven that they are well acquainted with all the composition of the Sudanese culture and therefore their normal behavior has just emanated from here”.