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Over 100 years after Lebanese expatriates in Khartoum established the city's first bilingual newspaper, the first milk delivery service and built some of the capital's most famous architecture, Lebanese are still seeking their fortunes in Sudan.The first bilingual English and Arabic newspaper, the Sudan, was started by the Lebanese expatriate Khalil Thabit in 1899 .Many of the Lebanese expatriates in Sudan are young men who left their families behind in Lebanon to seek their fortune.Hilani moved to Sudan seven years ago and decided to stay after meeting his future wife at the Rotana hotel, a popular hangout for Lebanese, but he says he is struggling with life in Sudan.Outside of work, Lebanese tend to meet up at each other's houses for barbecues, or at the Rotana Hotel, or the Syrian Club, which was founded by a group of Lebanese expats, including Thabit and Antoine Gemayel, before Lebanon was a state.Despite the dire economic outlook, many Lebanese living in Khartoum said they were struck by the friendliness of the people. Moreover, given the deteriorating security in Lebanon, coupled with an economy that is not exactly thriving compared to Sudan, some Lebanese were prepared to stay.
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