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The Other Taxi

Similar to most cities, the public transportation routes in Sudan are designed to stop at specific, designated stations only. More often than not, these stops aren’t actually near to where a person is trying to go.


In today’s Sudan, there is a handy and low-cost solution for the dreaded ‘long walk to the bus-stop’ scenarios: the Raksha. Imported from India, the Raksha are small, three wheeled vehicles with a simple engine that is driven by a Jockey. These famous and equally infamous vehicles are not only part of the typical scene, but have become the most common method of transportation in Khartoum as well as other major Sudanese cities.

The Raksha is not exactly cutting edge technology. It’s in a constant need for maintenance. It lacks any sort of safety measurements, which is why all its accident are incredibly dangerous. In addition, many Jockya are young men and minors who lack proper training. These Raksha drivers have created their own unique subculture known as the Jockya. Not only have they developed an intricate slang in a distinct semi-sub-language, but this slang has become so wide spread that many youth from other social groups have also adopted it.

 

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