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A Look into Sudan's On-Going Humanitarian Crisis

posted on: Jun 26, 2019

A Look into Sudan's On-Going Humanitarian Crisis

By: Katie Teague/Arab America Contributing Writer

Another revolution is upon us, this time in the east-African country of Sudan.  Since the media is preoccupied with keeping us updated on the President, few spotlights are being shown on the injustices occurring in this Arab nation. To better understand the nature of Sudan’s humanitarian crisis, let’s start by reviewing the chain of events leading up to the issue.

Think back to the Arab Spring of 2011.  While other Arab states fought for and underwent drastic changes in government and power, Sudan made little progress.  Protestors who attempted to overthrow President Omar Hassan Ahmad al-Bashir were quickly suppressed, and so Sudan was a minor actor in the Arab Spring.  explains in the Atlantic:

“In 2011, those who sought to ignite popular opposition to Bashir’s rule were mostly young activists and college students. Their domains were the country’s universities and upper-middle-class neighborhoods. Though their efforts were short-lived—in a matter of weeks, they were defeated, with demonstrators arrested, tortured, or forced into exile—protests took place again in 2012 and 2013.”

Eight years later, things are different.  Protestors were determined to oust Sudan’s dictator, and as of April, they have succeeded.  In Bashir’s place? The Transitional Military Council, led by Gen Mohamed Hamdan “Hemeti” Dagolo; the man largely responsible for the Darfur genocide which resulted in the “deaths of more than 300,000 people, the displacement of millions and destabilization of the entire region”.

A Look into Sudan's On-Going Humanitarian Crisis
The situation in Sudan is worsening, as protestors fight for justice; first from President al-Bashir and now from military leader Hemeti.  Despite the brutal killings that have occurred on Sudanese soil, little has been done for aid as the West turns its shoulder the other way. 

As of right now, attempts to protest the conflict peacefully have failed, as protestors have been met by opposing forces once again.  The atrocities occurring in Sudan since unrest began in February have been numerous and violent:

If the situation does not improve soon, we may have yet another Arab nation unravel at the hands of its violent authoritarian leadership.  And what’s disturbing is how little media coverage these events are getting:

A Look into Sudan's On-Going Humanitarian Crisis

Given the lack of news stories covering Sudan’s ongoing crisis, there is something you can do.  Spreading awareness is key, especially since the nation is under a complete internet blackout, as instigated by the current Sudanese government to disband and punish protestors:

The Sudanese voices must be heard before they can be helped.  Below is a list of actions compiled by CNN writers There’s a humanitarian crisis happening in Sudan. Here’s how people are trying to help

Posting blue profile pictures

This is the most common step people are taking, and it’s an easy way to raise awareness about the situation. Here’s why. The thinking is: the more people who know about what’s happening, the harder it is for Sudan’s government to get away with the atrocities, and the more pressure is put on Western governments to act.

Signing a petition

A petition is just 15,000 signatures from completion. Though it may not feel like a significant change, the petition will go to António Guterres, the secretary-general of the United Nations, and is calling for the UN to investigate the Sudanese government. Singer Rihanna also posted about the petition in her Instagram stories.

Taking part in a fundraising campaign

A GoFundMe campaign was created in December by a group of Sudanese people living in Manchester, England. According to the description, the funds will be used to buy medical supplies for victims. The £250,000 goal, about $315,000, has almost been reached.

Supporting Save The Children

Save the Children has been working in Sudan since 1984 by providing for children and families affected by conflict. They are continuing to work now during the crisis.