#SudanUprising: Follow these 5 Women to Stay Informed
Since the brutal attacks, Sudan has been in a state of crisis, with calls for a return to civilian rule and democracy being shot down by those now in power. But the revolution continues. Women have been at the heart of protests and the #SudanUprising movement. Tamerra Griffin reported that women had even transformed private facebook groups that had previously been used to talk about their love lives to “expose members of the security forces abusing their power”. Women both in Sudan and the diaspora are using their online platforms to educate the rest of the world on the situation in Sudan, and uplift each other’s voices. Rather than accepting the reports of non-Sudanese writers who may not understand the complexities of the situation, their voices are essential to revealing the truth of the Sudanese revolution. Here are five women that you need to follow to educate yourself on the situation in Sudan, keep up to date, and support the Revolution.
The world finally turned its attention to the Sudanese revolution: a fight against the repressive regime of President Omar al-Bashir who had ruled the country since 1989. On December 19th 2018, a national movement of demonstrations sparked a revolution against 30 years of violent oppression, conflict and economic hardship. On April 6th, a large sit in protest began outside the military’s headquarters in Khartoum - a demonstration that resulted in the death of at least 22 civilians as security forces attempted to clear the crowds. Five days later, president Al-Bashir was under arrest, and the army announced that they would be taking over for the next two years, suspending the country’s constitution. They closed the borders and airspace, announced a three-month state of emergency and what ensued was brutal violence against men and women fighting for their freedom.
On Monday 3rd June, the 29th day of Ramadan, Parliamentary government forces known as the Rapid Support Forces began shooting at peaceful protestors in an attempt to disperse a mass sit-in at the Sudanes Armed Forces (SAF) HQ, killing over 100 people. The Sudanese government continues to minimize the death toll in the Khartoum attack, reporting only 46 deaths. Al Jazeera’s Khalid Albaih reports:
“As bodies are being pulled out of the Nile River and shocking stories are surfacing of extreme torture and rape, the brutality of the crackdown is yet to be revealed in full. Officially, over 100 people have been confirmed dead; in reality, the death toll is probably much higher and we may never know the exact number, as the criminal forces who committed the massacre have taken measures to cover up their crimes.”
Razan Idris is a Sudanese-American writer and the curator of the #SudanSyllabus, an open project on Sudenese social and cultural history. She is also currently a PhD student at the University of Pennsylvania. She curated a list of resources on the Sudan Protests, highlighting some of the key Sudanese voices that need to be heard and brought into conversations about the revolution.
In the upcoming days, English-speaking news outlets will begin noticing that the #SudanRevolts exist (😂), so if you see a call for anything, recommend Sudanese voices! Thread: pic.twitter.com/lb2pEM8y6f
— Razan Idris (@idris_razan) April 9, 2019
Sara is a co-presenter of the No Sir No Ma’am podcast, a freelance editor, well-known poet and blogger. She regularly tweets updates from Sudan, and often corrects inaccurate reporting on the revolution. She has pinned a useful masterlist of resources on her twitter page for anyone who wants to learn more about the uprising.
— Munchkin (@BSonblast)June 8, 2019
Nesrine Malik is a Sudanese columnist for the Guardian and author of “We Need New Stories”, set to be published in September 2019. She has written extensive columns for the Guardian covering the Sudanese revolution, and often tweets updates about events in Sudan.
If you want to help Sudan, amplify the voices of those suffering its horrors | Nesrine Malik https://t.co/tMDSEU1VfR
— Nesrine Malik (@NesrineMalik) June 16, 2019
Yousra Elbagir is a producer for Elephant Media and award winning journalist covering news and culture, currently based between London and Khartoum. She recently spoke extensively about her work reporting in Sudan for the Popular Front podcast, and she regularly shares updates and articles about the uprising.
New @PopularFrontCo episode out now: We speak for almost two hours to @YousraElbagir about her time obsessively covering the #Sudan uprising, specifically covering the recent massacre of unarmed civilians by RSF militiamen.
- https://t.co/sCu3vusj9B pic.twitter.com/gLkUA5Pj4i
— Jake Hanrahan (@Jake_Hanrahan) June 12, 2019
Alaa Satir is a Sudanese cartoonist from Khartoum who graduated as an architect from the University of Khartoum. She is currently working as a graphic designer, illustrator and cartoonist, and was featured in a vogue article looking at women’s views on the crisis in Sudan. She shares artwork and updates on her twitter and instagram accounts.
How can you support the Sudan Uprising?
Don’t stop talking about it. While the media loses interest, it is important to keep sharing these stories on social media, with your family, and with your friends.
You can donate to the Go Fund Me page for medical aid in Sudan.
If you’re in the U.S.A, you can call, email or text congress to let them know you want to support the people of Sudan. This Google document includes an email template and text instructions for you to get in touch with your local congressman.
Article by VERVE Operative & Blogger Chanju Mwanza