Words by Sara Waddah
As of the latter half of 2018, Sudan had started to witness an increasing number of protests, marches and peaceful sit-ins, pressuring the incumbent Omar Al Bashir to end his destructive 30 year old reign as a military dictator. On the 11th of April, Al Bashir was overthrown and replaced with a military commander who was ALSO overthrown about 24 hours later. Following these events, A Transitionary Military Council (TMC) was installed to govern the country on an interim basis while the handoff of the country to civilians is being mediated. Sit-ins continued around the country, most notably in ‘Al Qiyada’, which had blossomed into an artistic hub for revolutionaries who shared creative interests. Patiently waiting for the change, they demanded to come.
On the morning of June 3rd 2019, armed militia compromising of Janjaweed, NISS agents and special forces with pled allegiance to the former regime, attacked and dispersed sit-ins in Khartoum, killing over 100 people and seriously injuring many more. These attacks continued throughout the day as the Rapid Support Forces terrorized individuals within the capital – this included burning tents, raping children, forcibly entering homes and throwing live bodies into the Nile and making sure they would not survive by tying bricks to their feet.
As of last week, internet services have been blocked in the country by the TMC, stopping any opportunity or interference from the outside world to find out what the Janjaweed (RSF) were capable of doing to the people of Sudan once again. Diaspora from all over the globe have taken up the responsibility of speaking on behalf of our home town, raising awareness, sharing donations, and educating the world on the terrorism that is occurring – at any attempt to try and bring to the global media’s attention the atrocities that are ongoing in Sudan.
Setting aside the politics behind the scandals of the world, when blood is shed, children are being raped, and a massacre is happening, the issue becomes far more humanitarian rather than political. When has it ever been ethically correct to allow a story of a 6-year-old girl be raped by a gang of 10 men, in a mosque, be forgotten about so casually? When has it ever been okay to allow martyrs bloods to be shed in vain? Black Lives Matter – and they matter in Sudan as well.
Islamization, obsession with power and greed in the Sudanese government has caused deaths of the too many that made Sudan as diverse and prosperous as it once was previously, starting with the genocide first occurring in Darfur in 2003. Today, the RSF are using violence as a scare tactic, while they patrol the now ghost-town like city, threatening down on anyone that opposes their unrealistic wants by shooting, stabbing, raping, mentally tormenting, urinating on them and terrorizing the streets of Khartoum.
This the beginning of a genocide, and with super powers lifting their hands and turning their backs on a country whose resources are officially damaged goods, we fear we may be losing Sudan to the opposers.
One of the greatest qualities that Sudanese people have shown over the last few months, is our dedication to the cause, our unity, our support for each other, and our never-lasting constantly optimistic chants, promising one another that a civilian government for Sudan will soon come.
Responsible for running the RSF, Hemedti, has ensured that his gunmen are by far the most ruthless and united force in town, armed to their teeth, with an objective of survive (by killing) and conquer. These are the same troops who are responsible for the genocide in Darfur, and without action, we fear that the rest of Sudan may fall into the same path.
Despite the unrealistic amount of horror that we are continuing to witness, since those in power seem to be fearful of directly addressing Hemedti and his RSF, we, as Sudanese, will continue to fight, protest, share, scream, and shout. 30 years of oppression and crimes against humanity cannot be explained in bite-sized consumable chunks, and that’s why we need all the support we can get.
I Am The Sudan Revolution