Sudan’s Restrooms: Germs Galore!

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How would you feel if you had guests come over and your bathroom looked like that?

The sanitary violations at the Khartoum International Airport’s restrooms are so disgraceful that I hesitated a lot before sharing these pictures on my blog. It’s truly embarrassing to admit that my country’s airport looks like that. Thing is, I’m not talking about any public restroom; I’m talking about the Khartoum International Airport First Class Lounge restroom. I shit you not (pun intended.) How bad is that?  This is shameful. Or better yet, it’s outright un-Islamic! Isn’t ‘Al nathafa min al Eman wal Qathara min Al Shaytan?’ Then why oh why aren’t those valentine’s-despising clerics protesting for cleaner more sanitary restrooms. Isn’t it also un-Islamic to harm others? Dirty bathrooms are certainly unhealthy.

Nice roads and tall buildings are not indicators of civilization. With a little bit of speculation and empirical evidence, you can reach to a convincing analysis of any country’s economical status quo. Civilization on the other hand, is manifested in social norms, customs, and public restrooms. Seriously, maintaining clean restrooms is a requisite for a civilized society!

If we don’t improve our restrooms, service, and general cleanliness and manners, then none of those nice buildings matter. You can’t build fancy facades on a shoddy and fake foundation! Didn’t you hear what happened to the luxury hotels that were built on an artificial island? Okay, that’s admittedly a weak comparison, but you get the point!

I love Sudan, but I think it needs a whole lot of tough love…and extra strength Clorox.

14 Responses to “Sudan’s Restrooms: Germs Galore!”

  1. sudaneseoptimist February 20, 2009 at 2:15 pm #

    for some reason, you can only view this page properly with Firefox.

    I don’t know how to fix this…so…use Firefox! =)

  2. sudaneseoptimist February 20, 2009 at 9:23 pm #

    Here’s an e-mail I got today about this post:

    “Thank you a million for writing this fact,and i am so glad to have someone share my shock at sudanese bathrooms. you should see the toilets in Juba airport!! i was going to pass out ,I even took photos.
    what is wrong with the sudanese and bathrooms?why why are the bathrooms the most neglected rooms in the house?? IT IS HORRIFYIN and digusting to see this, it saddens me to see we care less about cleanliness in this area.
    maybe we should start a new cause and name it (clean up your shit .)
    someone visited a bathroom in Khartoum hospital,he nearly died and said it was (the worst experiance in his life. ) shame shame on us.
    so please clean up and sanatize ,and have some pride.”

    Seriously, why is it so hard to keep restrooms in Sudan decent? Sign me up for the “clean your shit” cause!

  3. Faisal February 23, 2009 at 10:55 am #

    go firefox ! Optimist, I assure you this is not only in Sudan. But still, I agree with everything you said.

  4. Sammar E. February 27, 2009 at 12:17 pm #

    LMAO @ “”I shit you not (pun intended.)”‘

    Seriously though, i was just as shocked when i visited Sudan and saw this for myself.

    You said “”maintaining clean restrooms is a requisite for a civilized society””…well i totally agree with you. Have you ever heard of the “Broken Windows” theory? Well it basically says that, A successful strategy for preventing crime and social disorder, is to fix the problems when they are small. And im talking problems as small as broken windows on a house. Repair the broken windows within a short time, say, a day or a week, and the tendency is that vandals are much less likely to break more windows or do further damage. Clean up the sidewalk every day, and the tendency is for litter not to accumulate (or for the rate of littering to be much less). Problems do not escalate and thus respectable residents do not flee a neighborhood (or country!)…… Looks like Sudan is way past the broken windows phase!

  5. Mimz February 28, 2009 at 5:45 am #

    Do not make the mistake of googling “Khartoum urinal” because the first image you see there is of the Khartoum Intl Airport restroom urinal which is completely disgusting. I don’t remember why this even happened but I saw it a couple of years ago and I still can’t get that nasty image off my head. It’s a 1000 times worse than the pix you posted up there.

    Ya3ni when you think about it, each passenger has to pay 35 SDG to leave Sudan let alone the taxes, they are too busy counting their money to fix the restrooms there. “Fadeeha bas”.

  6. Mimz February 28, 2009 at 6:04 am #

    By the way not using Firefox and can still view this article.

  7. Taric March 2, 2009 at 6:13 pm #

    wutchu talkin bout ??! ya ain heard of Adbakhana ??
    loooooooool jk

    cool down sis … ya cant say Sudan’s Restrooms about the airport restrooms! ma house restrooms don look like this .. & Im sure most Sudanese don have such dirty bathrooms !!.. its just a matter of responsibility, the Airport Management has proven failure ages ago but they are improving.. did ya see those bathrooms 2 years ago?!! if there was any toilets in da airport at dat time .. believe me no1 was able of goin in 2 take da pic =P .. !!
    now we just need 2 put pressure on those irresponsible supervisorz & set good examples!!
    cuz we cant 4get dat da city ain even got a proper sewer system yet!!! =S

    but its on ALL of us 2 build it right .. & dats da true responsibility

  8. Mimz March 2, 2009 at 6:51 pm #

    I wasn’t generalizing bro, I was talking about the restrooms at Khartoum Int’l Airport.

  9. Mimz March 3, 2009 at 4:30 am #

    Hahhaha, now I remember how I came across that disgusting image!

    http://myvisionsdepiction.blogspot.com/2007/01/depressed-disgusted-disturbed.html

  10. sudaneseoptimist March 3, 2009 at 9:17 pm #

    What’s adbakhana?

    Taric– people’s restrooms aren’t like this, but have you seen a decent restroom in a Sudanese public, government owned area? I haven’t.

    “cuz we cant 4get dat da city ain even got a proper sewer system yet!!! =S”

    Are you serious? Is that a fact? Oh dear God!

    Mimz– haha your blog post cracked me up. Why oh why can’t they just clean the damn bathrooms!!!! It’s an INTERNATIONAL airport for God’s sake.

  11. Mimz March 4, 2009 at 3:49 am #

    Hahaha! It is an Eastern toilet, minus the ceramic tiles. So basically it’s just a hole in the ground with no flush system.

  12. higgra April 30, 2009 at 2:52 am #

    who clothing is that in the restroom? Seem like that is someone living in the restroom. Signs of a poor society, or should i say a society in poverty.

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