Travis frontman Fran Healy was shocked by Sudan's breath-taking scenery, because it contradicts the Western world's image of the troubled African country.

The TURN singer was expecting to see death and destruction in the troubled Darfur region while working with charity Save The Children.

Healy says, "I expected to see horrible scenes of annihilation when I first came to Sudan, but it's one of the most beautiful countries you could imagine.

"It's very sparse and as you fly in, you can just see these tiny villages with huge desert spaces between them."