Sudanese teenager Moatasem Jibril is now getting to live out his lifelong ambition of using electronic scrap to build robots.
As Jibril’s family’s financial situation worsened, he never gave up on his dream of creating a robot, even after he was forced to abandon his studies at a university and move back to the mud house he shared with his siblings in the city of Omdurman, west of the capital Khartoum.
Jibril has been trying to build these devices in a small room in his family’s house for the past decade. He faces the challenges of extreme poverty by working every day in the market to acquire the money he needs to buy the supplies he requires. A businessman or a financial organisation, he believes, will back his idea.
Sudan faces shortage of imported commodities including robots
The shortage of basic and imported commodities is just the beginning of Sudan’s problems; the depreciation of the local currency and the government’s plans to end fuel subsidies in 2021 were also requested by the International Monetary Fund.
Jibril’s ambition to create these devices dates back to his youth, when he was influenced by animation. His stated goal is to “make robots,” a dream he’s had since he was a kid. After watching numerous films about inventors, he decided to start creating them nine years ago.
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