Sudan’s Unbowed, Unbroken Inner Circle

by Emily Wax

KHARTOUM, Sudan — The men who control Africa’s largest country — the key architects of the conflict in Darfur — hail from two tiny, interwoven Arab tribes. Many of them grew up together and graduated from Khartoum University. They often sit together in cafés beside the Nile, bickering about politics and religion over endless cups of sweet tea.