Welcome back everybody! So, unless you have been living under a rock (or do not really know people who talk about it or are even aware about it), then you will know that there is currently a crisis occurring in Sudan; a revolution. Unfortunately, there is not much information on this large crisis, so much so that it took me a while to truly wrap my head around everything. It took me a while before I could even truly sit down and write this post to my greatest ability, because I want as much as possible to prevent misinformation. Either way, please note that if you are hearing about this crisis for the first time through my blog-post, it is important that you read other different sources to get a well-rounded view of this crisis. This will be a long one, so follow the timeline carefully.
Sudan has been in the midst of a political crisis since December when the country had an uprising. More than 100 people were killed and as many as 700 were injured in an attack last Monday. Doctors also believe paramilitary troops carried out more than 70 rapes during the attack. So what is happening in Sudan? Before we go into what is happening in Sudan currently, let us not downsize the fact that Sudan has been in similar crises for years! Starting with the Darfur Genocide (which is still ongoing), which has included to murder of the Darfuri people by the Janjaweed, the armed groups of the Arabs of Darfur and Kordofan in western Sudan, with a death toll of over 300,000 people, There has also been rape of many women and children. This is in the name of “ethnic cleansing”, as the Janjaweed identify as arab, and the Darfuri people identify as African. This is also the case in Nuba, with the people living in the Nuba mountains dying of starvation and murder as a result of the lack of governmental intervention. Read more about the Nuba Genocide here.
Keep in mind that both genocides are connected to the former president, Omar Al-Bashir. Why? Well, the government of former president Omar al-Bashir officially organised the Janjaweed militia as the Rapid Support Forces under the command of the National Intelligence and Security Services. Also, the Nuba crisis has not gotten international help because the international community’s is trying not to irritate Sudanese President Omar al Bashir.
And with that, let me dive into what is happening in Sudan.
Massive protests began in Sudan on December 19, 2018, after the government decided to triple the price of goods. The country was already suffering a shortage of foreign currency and inflation was about 70 percent. All this plus fuel subsidies sparked demonstrations in the east of the country and anger spread to the capital Khartoum. Also , Protesters demanded the removal of President al-Bashir and his government, who has led the country since 1989.
However, Bashir refused and to step down, leading to the convergence of opposition groups to form a united coalition. Why? Well, if he is not president, he is no longer immune to jail time and will face trial in the international court of justice for crimes against humanity and many other things.
The government retaliated by arresting more than 800 figures from the opposition camp. According to the Human Rights Watch, this led to the deaths of around 40 people, although the number was much higher according to local and civilian reports.
The tensions in the country reached a climax on April 6, when demonstrators occupied the square outside the military’s headquarters to demand that the army force the president to step down.Five days later on April 11, 2019, Mr Bashir was ousted in a military coup d’état and on April 17, he was moved from house arrest to Khartoum’s Kobar prison.
In May, prosecutors charged Bashir with participating in the killing of protesters.A council of generals assumed power after Mr Bashir on April 11 but the country has struggled to return to normality. The Transitional Military Council is led by Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Burhan. The council said it needs to be in charge to ensure order, but the army is not a unified force in Sudan.
On June 3, Sudanese security forces launched a violent attack on protesters in Khartoum. There were mass fatalities after heavily armed paramilitaries attacked the site of a sit in which had been a campaign to bring democratic reform to Sudan. The paramilitaries fired tear gas and live ammunition at the protesters.No one knows exactly how many people died but the Sudanese Doctors’ Committee, released the names of 112 people confirmed dead. However, this did not include around 40 bodies that were pulled from the Nile. There have also been a number of reports that indicate beatings and rape of protesting women. Talks between protesters and the council broke down after the attack on June 3.
Since then much of the country has been shut down, for instance, the internet connection. Sudan has been experiencing an internet blackout for a while now. The reason? Obvious. They are trying to silence the voices of the people, therefore attempting to contain the calamities happening in the country.
The Sudanese people have been protesting peacefully (as is synonymous to Sudanese culture) in an attempt to overthrow the Military council and restore power back to civilians. However, the death toll is rising severely, and more women are getting raped, more people getting tortured, and more people getting killed. There has even been the imprisoning of doctors who have been treating the injured.
So, this is clearly a very substantial calamity and crisis. Why then, is there so little media coverage? Well, you could point out that the internet blackout has meant that information about this crisis is limited. However, this does not seem like a crippling problem, as journalists literally risk their lives going to places. For instance, parts of the west that have recently been hit with terrorism, with a killer on the loose. I will tell you the real problem; the real reason why this has been covered very poorly if at all by the global news and journalists. The real reason there is little to no action by international forces, specifically the Islamophobia and racism. If you truly cannot understand what deeply rooted hate for black people and Muslims has to do with the failure of media coverage and action, then something clearly is wrong. For instance, did you know that there is ongoing famine in Yemen? little media coverage if any. What about the Rohingya Muslims? Moderate media coverage, but little action. Both events are still very current and ongoing, and yet there is little media coverage. What about the crisis in Mali? What about the sending of Muslims in China to internment camps? Anything sounding familiar to you?
Click here to read about the famine in Yemen. Click here to read on the recent massacres and crisis in Mali. Click here to read on the sending of Muslims in China to internment camps. If the media wont educate you, educate yourself.
And yes, you might bring up the full coverage of the attack on Muslims in New Zealand, which was a horrible occurrence which should not be demeaned. However, it happened in New Zealand. That is all I will say.
What can you do about it? Spread awareness in any way you can. If you cannot physically help, a helper could be a follower of you. Whether it is making your profile picture blue (read here on why #blueforsudan), or posting about it. Do anything. Talk about it. Write about it. Donate to charities. Anything you do speaks volumes. HOWEVER, THIS IS NOT AN OPPORTUNITY TO GAIN FOLLOWERS OR EXPAND YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA. This is a real crisis. These are real people. Do not utilise it to grow your socials.
Thank you so much for reading! I know this was a long one with a lot of facts, which I do not usually do. However, this post is all about education, and I will not be silent. The blackout in Sudan is still ongoing, so it needs as much coverage as possible. Please let me know if you enjoyed this post so I know to do similar ones like these. Until next time!