KHARTOUM (Sudanow) - The postal service “Sudapost” has inaugurated nine stamps in commemoration of and faithfulness for the December Revolution’s symbols.
The stamps’ inauguration was carried out on the occasion of the 65th anniversary of Sudan’s independence and the 2nd anniversary of the December 2018 Revolution.
Some of the stamps were meant to immortalize the revolution’s martyrs, while others paid tribute to the citizens hurt or considered missing during the uprising. Some of the stamps paid respects to the Sudanese women who were very active in the revolution (the Kendakes). The famous train that carried thousands of protesters from the railway terminal City of Atbara down to Khartoum to take part in the uprising also had its share in the stamps.
The revolution’s immortal slogans calling for freedom, peace and justice also had their share in this commemoration.
During the inaugural celebration, held here on Thursday, a documentary film of these stamps was screened.
The Sudan postal service is used to issuing commemorative stamps on national occasions. The stamps may seek to commemorate a certain event or document part of Sudan’s history.
The idea is not to view the postal stamps as papers to be stuck on envelopes, parcels or government transactions, but to educate and guide the public.
According to researcher Ahmed Hashim, the picture of the postal stamp has a message: governments use the power of symbols, pictures and colors to frame their countries identities or the ideology of the government in power, in order for this symbolic paper to become part of the public’s mentality and its culture.
Before the current upheaval in the means of communication, the post and the postmen were entrenched in the conscience of the Sudanese; with the good (or sad) news they carried to them.
The postal service and its men also carried culture to the people with the books, periodicals and references they used to bring.
The post and its men were also immortalized in much of the country’s literature: poems and songs that are still appreciated by the public.
The Sudanese postal service had also played an immense patriotic role when it communicated news during the national revolutions.
Many of Sudan’s outstanding poets, writers and musicians were part of the postal service’s manpower.
The list includes poet Mustafa Sanad, writer Arafat Mohammad Abdallah, Musician Hafiz Abdelrahman, poet-musician Khalil Farah and lyric writer Mohammad Yousif Musa, to mention just a few.
Sudan’s first post offices were opened in 1867 during the Turko-Egyptian rule of the country in the Red Sea coastal town of Suakin and the town of Wadi Halfa near Sudan’s border with Egypt.
Then the postal service and post offices spread to many other Sudanese districts, using Egyptian stamps, which also continued to be used for sometime during the British rule.
Older generations may still remember the stamp carrying the picture of a postman on camelback with a post bag dangling on the two sides of the camel. This stamp had chronicled the times when the post was carried by camels to Suakin sea port from where it was shipped outside the country.
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