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March 4, 2013 (KHARTOUM) – Sudanese authorities on Monday raided the Aslan center in Khartoum which specialises in teaching English as a second language and informed its managers that they are shutting it down.

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Security officers came to the center in three vehicles to implement the decision, which also incorporated seizing its belongings.

Students enrolled in the English language courses were also notified that the program has been suspended.

An official with Humanitarian Aid Commission (HAC) told Sudan Tribune that the center is engaged in "suspicious" activities.

"This center is suspicious and runs hostile acts against the government. It is closed and will not resume its activities anytime soon," said the official who asked not to be identified.

Around 500 students enrol annually in the courses offered by Aslan center. It offered substantial fee discount as well as scholarship making it a popular spot for prospective English learners.

In recent months Sudanese authorities shut down multiple NGO’s and pro-democracy centers including Al-Khatim Adlan Center for Enlightenment and Human Development (KACE) and the Sudanese Studies Center (SSC).

Khartoum accused these centers of receiving foreign money to instigate regime change and push for widespread demonstrations.

However, no charges have been made officially against anyone in connection with these centers.

The 23-year rule of president Omer Hassan al-Bashir has come under increased pressure since the secession of the oil-rich South Sudan which has embroiled the country in a deep economic crisis.

There has also been growing discontent within the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) with many of its base calling for reforms within the government and the party but observers say that the old guard is resisting any change.

Last November the government said it thwarted a coup attempt led by several pro-government elements, including former spy chief Salah Gosh.

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  • 5 March 2013 09:58, by ForAll

    French is the first language of UN.
    English is the second language of UN.
    Cummunication is the most important tool in all fields.
    Sudanese people need to speak and understand the British and American English to PROPERLY send a message to all IC members.

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    • 5 March 2013 10:05, by Big Boy

      DEAR NCP!!!
      We are tired with you, everyday you are created new problem to ur own people’s not us!! how the country run without English speaking,and you are just shouting with your fake broken English to the media....

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      • 5 March 2013 14:24, by Northern Sudanese

        Big Boy
        I am a 100% sure that we are not the only sudanese with broken english, your whole shithole! (south sudan) has broken english as its first language!
        In addition to this, there are tons of ways to learn english in Sudan! who said that center was the only english teaching?

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  • 5 March 2013 10:08, by ForAll

    ’Around 500 students enrolled annually in the courses offered by Aslan center. It offered substantial fee discount as well as scholarship making it a popular spot for prospective English learners.’
    WHAT IS THEIR ROLE TO BE PUNISHED FOR and loose the improvement of their skills?????
    Hit the target and respect the innocents.

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  • 5 March 2013 10:20, by ForAll

    English-language teaching center ... American English
    English-language teaching centre ... British English
    Organisation...BE, Organization... AE

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  • 5 March 2013 10:48, by Gat-khir

    These are all signs of a failed regime. the regime is fully aware that the end to its existence is at its door and all it has to do is to make destruction. The whole world is for EDUCATION FOR ALL" while the regime of criminals in Khartoum is doing the opposite. what a country!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • 5 March 2013 12:22, by Nibs

      Please relocate that center to juba for effective utilization. They want to remain illiterates, that’s fine. That effect of illiteracy is prevalent among commentators such as; Mistress and N.sudanese.

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    • 5 March 2013 20:00, by ViVa Sudan

      All the Fake GOVT of south are English good speakers what they have done since 2005 till now i will tell you big mouth 4 nothing : 1- 70 P.M are corrupted looters who stolen 4 Blns $ 2- Famine spreads all over & 4 bilns are suvvering -3 Rebel factions every where killings in Jongle continues, oil exporting has been stopped ..Biggest Economy is CHINA 1.5blns not speaking English. so funny u are !!!

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      • 7 March 2013 08:30, by Peacocktail

        Viva Sudan
        You were the immediate beneficiary of close Aslan English. They were trying to improve your English since it is close, your comments here contains a lot of grammatical error because of your poor English. Uncle Bashir is very selfish; He doesn’t know English and can’t express himself, instructing the Security agents to close the English Language.Sudanese can continued to learnt after NCP

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      • 7 March 2013 08:31, by Peacocktail

        Viva Sudan
        You were the immediate beneficiary of close Aslan English. They were trying to improve your English since it is close, your comments here contains a lot of grammatical error because of your poor English. Uncle Bashir is very selfish; He doesn’t know English and can’t express himself, instructing the Security agents to close the English Language.Sudanese can continued to learnt after NCP

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  • 5 March 2013 12:24, by hamil

    They also speak English in Khartoum Hahahahahahahaha when and where did they learn to do this? If you ask a Fake Arab from the North to pronounce the words "WHERE, WATER, HERE, THERE, OVER, or TERROR" be ready to listen to a BOMB CELL because these fake Arabs actually cripple the English language. And they don’t deserve to know or even speak it.

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    • 5 March 2013 13:54, by Kalo

      This is ridiculous idea,our children are studying English in neighboring countries, tomorrow we will shut down Arabic language,think wisely you Jalabs b4 taking action,we will never give up,either you stop Christianity activities or shut down English language give no solution to Sudan crisis instead will increase more problem.
      Kalo,song of Nuba.

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    • 5 March 2013 20:09, by ViVa Sudan

      ya ya ya i can see ur White Mother is the Queen of England by da way Arab can speak one language but still u can’t speak with ur own brother to let them understand you unless u speak ur Master’s Arabi Juba so we still ruling u lowless vagabond.... hahaha

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  • 5 March 2013 12:53, by Sirajou

    Khartoum think shutting down the centres will stopped people who speaks English not to interact with the western media to express the decay of the murderous government. Very weirded and unfortunate decision. Fooling themselves while their days are numbered.

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    • 5 March 2013 14:37, by Nuer Empire

      Folk:What do u expect from Semi-litrate President? Nothing

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  • 5 March 2013 13:41, by Nubian King

    The NCP’s main means of remaining in power is by making sure every Sudanese remain semi/illiterate. With this, no one will be able to know; about their rights, the evil things that NCP does.I am glad that rifts are growing among them and this will soon mean a fall in the regime. English language teaching will never be stopped in this country even if taught in hidings as Every Sudanese is committe

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  • 5 March 2013 14:06, by panchol

    NCP is really criminal! They wanted to bury the right of Sudanese citizens. God help Sudansee people in the hand of terrorists of NCP.

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  • 5 March 2013 14:23, by Mandakoro


    Well done our visionary government. English is the language of the devil. Our mother tongue is the holy Arabic .English speaking nations have hidden agenda when they teach our kids .they are conspiring against our existence ,our culture and our identity. English is the language of nations without languages.

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    • 5 March 2013 14:53, by dude

      my prediction is that NCP will be toppled in about three years from now. It is just a matter of time. These guys are stuck in old cowboy mentality. They do not know the world is changing. they are putting themselves in hell.I hope that they do not blame any one for their bad behavior when the time comes for them to be gone for good. Sudanese will live in peace soon.

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      • 6 March 2013 06:31, by Northern Sudanese

        dude
        of course he will be toppled in 3 years, via the voting boxes in 2015 coz he decided not to run again anyway!
        you people can keep dreaming!

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        • 6 March 2013 07:36, by cbuongdit cholkua

          Then I predict that before 2015, he will die of CANCER.

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    • 5 March 2013 15:04, by ForAll

      The Muslim Khalid Yasin the black Amrican; has big Islamic center in UK and has more than 200,000 islamic presentations all in English while he made many Europeans, Americans and Asian to become strong muslim believers.
      ALL IN ENGLISH...ALL IN ENGLISH. Pls chek youtube.

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    • 5 March 2013 15:10, by ForAll

      If English is the language of the devil then why you are using it???
      Moreover most of the well educated PERSONS of NCP, PCP and UMMA party are very fluent in English.
      Do you want tell us that all are DEVILS??

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    • 5 March 2013 15:15, by ForAll

      The majority of muslims are English speakers( Pakistan, India, Nigeria, Indonesia, ..... while most of Arabs in north Africa are French speakers even among themselves,

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    • 5 March 2013 17:49, by Observer

      Mandakoro,
      If English is the language of the devil then you must be the devil as you are here on this site writing in English.
      Just in case you don;t know English is the language of business and the language of business.
      If you have ever travelled to the UAE, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, China etc ( friends of Sudan) they are all wanting and trying to learn English.
      Guess they are devils too??

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      • 6 March 2013 05:08, by Observer

        correction to my post.. English is the language of business and the language of IT and the internet.

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  • 3 April 2013 15:51, by stefan

    All the Fake GOVT of south are English good speakers what they have done since 2005 till now i will tell you big mouth 4 nothing : 1- 70 P.M are corrupted looters who stolen 4 Blns $ 2- Famine spreads all over & 4 bilns liquidy are suvvering -3 Rebel factions every where killings in Jongle continues.

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