Today’s picture: 120 years ago today marked the beginning of the Fashoda Crisis in modern-day Sudan. The Sudan gained independence from Britain and Egypt during the Mahdist uprising of the previous decade, leading a number of European nations to conclude Sudan was ripe for the taking. The French government, having recently expanded its possessions in West and Central Africa, sent a small team of about 120 men to claim part of the Sudan. Their expedition was intercepted by the vanguard of Lord Kitchener’s massive Anglo-Egyptian army, which had just defeated the Mahdists at Omdurman a few weeks earlier. After a brief war scare, the French agreed to fuck off and the British and Egyptian governments set-up a joint “condominium” in the Sudan which lasted until the 1950s.