People with no ties to Sudan might only associated it with strife. Headlines seem only to scream about conflict, poverty and environmental issues.
While these serious issues cannot and should not be ignored, that narrative still presents us with a one-dimensional impression of reality on the ground for Sudanese people.
Image Credit: Getty Images. A shop owner in Omdurman.
For some, Sudan is about stories of the ancient kingdoms of Kush and Nubia, with archaeology that continues to be unearthed today; untouched natural beauty, its slowly growing tourism sector and the stories of its people, their Arab-African culture and cherished traditions.
Here are some images of Sudan that show you a side that you don't usually see in the headlines: