The recent news of everything happening in Sudan is absolutely heartbreaking!
I’m sure we’ve all scrolled Instagram and seen posts, or we’ve gotten alerts from CNN and similar news apps but we want to pull it all together for you in one place so that you can understand what’s going on and support if you feel compelled.
Located in the continent of Africa, Sudan covers 1,861,484 square kilometers of land, making it the 16th largest nation in terms of land area. Sudan became an independent state in 1956, after gaining its sovereignty from The United Kingdom.
What started as a protest against an authoritarian President in Sudan turned into jubilation and dancing on the streets this year after he was deposed. But instead of the new beginning that protesters had yearned for, months of chaos and bloodshed have followed and dominated news coverage worldwide.
He took over as President of Sudan in 1989, after he led a coup that ousted the previous government.
Though he’s technically been re-elected several times, human rights groups say the elections weren’t democratic.
The International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor issued an arrest warrant in 2009 for Bashir on charges of genocide and war crimes related to Darfur. The court issued another arrest warrant in 2010 but in 2014 had to suspend the case because of lack of support from the United Nations Security Council.
That’s just scratching the surface. And through it all, Bashir retained power.
Then, the protests started late last year, and numerous deaths were reported as security forces used excessive force and violence against demonstrators, Amnesty International and others said. “The situation is getting very bad — a lot of people dying. And they are torturing so many people,” one Sudanese demonstrator told CNN in April. “So, we are here to protest that and to ask the international community to stand with the Sudanese people.”
Civilians are being killed.
Woman and children are being raped.
Sudan’s ruling military council said it ordered the dispersal of the sit-in protest at the capital, which led to dozens of deaths.
Context: Protesters began their sit-in outside of the army’s headquarters after they saw Sudan’s longtime president Omar al-Bashir overthrown back in April.
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George Cloney has been very vocal about what the US should be doing to help the citizens of Sudan and on June 11, the actor published an op-ed in Politico:
It’s a must read!
- Call your member of Congress
- Call 202-224-3121. State your zip code. When connected, tell them you support helping the people of Sudan
- You can also send them George Clooney’s essay!
- Use ResistBot to text your member of Congress.
- Text RESIST to 50409
- Give to UNICEF, they are currently working to help children displaced by the conflict.
- Sign the Change.org petition telling the UN they must investigate the human rights violations in Sudan by the military.
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Prayers for our beautiful sisters and brothers in Sudan
Mommi Sanya for