There’s a massacre going on in Sudan, anyone who steps out of their house gets humiliated and tortured till they die and their bodies are thrown in the River Nile and others get arrested. Women along with little girls aged 6-7 are being raped. Sudan is facing a form of never before seen repression and censorship. The de facto rulers have blocked out the internet, any form of communication and any media coverage to silence people. This isn’t a Sudanese only cause; it’s a humanitarian cause. Citizens are held hostage inside their own homes in their own country, as going out in the streets put them at risk of rape, injury and eventually death. The armed forces are invading their homes.
Sudan has been under a violent and corrupt regime for the past 30 years. Over the course of a few days, half of the states in Sudan have been protesting. Innocent people lost their lives fighting for basic human rights, dignity and freedom. The economic imbalance has also been ghastly, with inflation in Sudan rising over 70% and living conditions becoming increasingly unbearable. The fight now, is one for survival and life.
The unrest in Sudan can be traced back to December of 2018, when President Bashir’s government imposed emergency austerity measures in an attempt to stave off economic collapse. Financial cuts to bread and fuel subsidies sparked demonstrations in the east of the province over living standards and the anger rapidly spread to Khartoum. The protest broadened into demands for the removal of Mr Bashir- who has been in charge for 30 years. Since the fall of the former Sudanese President, Omar al-Bashir, in April, the smell of freedom seemed imminent for many.
After Bashir was removed, it was decided the transitional government would be led by TMC (Transitional Military Council) until a new leader was elected. However, civilians called for the country’s military rulers to immediately hand over the power to a civilian led government. They didn’t trust the council leaders who were said to have been close to the former dictator and were implicated in the issues which brought about demonstrations in the first place. Civilians took part in what was a 2 month long peaceful protest for civilian rule. On Monday, earlier this week, the atrocities took place. This was the Holy week of Ramadan in Sudan.
The Sudanese military has a simple goal, to instill command through fear. Blocking the internet is a step towards achieving just that. As long as the atrocities stay hidden, controlling the masses remains easier. They don’t want people to care. A simple yet effective tactic. Indifference is a natural trait
Human demons sometimes forget that God is watching and the angels are writing. It is heartbreaking and sad knowing that the terrible events are unfolding every minute in Sudan, the violence is unimaginable. 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. 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 measures have been taken to hide death tolls.
The families in Sudan witnessed the quietest and saddest Eid; bodies raped, burned, drowned, murdered and tortured. Eid is supposed to be a day filled with happiness but for Sudan it was the other way round. On this Eid, the military tormented people, humiliating them by urinating on them, making them drink sewage water, terrorizing the streets and stopping Muslims from going to Eid prayer.
The United Nations are having a talk about this massacre, but having talks won’t help these people. Delayed Justice is Injustice. On 5th June 2019 the UN tweeted “We have proposed rapid deployment of a UN Human Rights monitoring team to examine violations in #Sudan. We also call for prompt, independent investigation into actions of the Rapid Support Forces, which include ex-Janjaweed elements”. The investigation will take ages and won’t help people in any way. The world collectively needs to take a stance to protect the people of Sudan and the world should not be silent on this as Khadega Mohammad said this this isn’t a Sudanese only cause; It’s a humanitarian cause. On a human level we should pray and gather attention for Sudan. They have been subject to unfairness for the past 30 years and now they are suffering from grave atrocities. No one deserves this. The world needs to defend the Sudanese families and children.