The expedition was preparing to march on El Obeid.
A considerable part of the trade of Darfur with Egypt passes through El Obeid.
During the Mandia the city was destroyed and deserted, and when Kordofan passed, in 1899, into the possession of the Anglo-Egyptian authorities nothing was left of El Obeid but a part of the old government offices.
of El Obeid.
Other large tribes are the Dar Hamid and the Bederia - the last-named living round El Obeid.