Pyramids near Shendi
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Shendi or Shandi (Arabic: شندي) is a town in northern Sudan, situated on the east bank of the Nile River 150 km northeast of Khartoum. Shandi is also about 45 km southwest of the ancient city of Meroe. Located in the River Nile wilayah, Shandi is the center of the Ja'aliin tribe and an important historic trading center. Its principal suburb on the west bank is Al-Matamma. A major traditional trade route across the Bayuda desert connects Al-Matamma to Marawi and Napata, 250 km to the northwest. An unknown public domain source provides the following historical details:
Year Population 1973 (Census) 24.161 1983 (Census) 34.505 2007 (Estimate) 55.516
Very basic services and infrastructure mean that Shendi exists mainly as a center for trade in agricultural goods from nearby farms.
Roads have begun to be laid cross the city. The railway station in the city is no longer used for passenger travel, although freight trains continue to use the tracks. Shendi is home to an airport (ICAO code HSND).
Mobile telephone coverage exists within the city, neighboring towns of Misiktab and Al Mattamar, outlying villages and the ancient Meriotic pyramids to the north.
Schools exist within the town and local villages
A UNESCO funded center exists within the town to promote education in foreign languages and Information Technology.
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