Sudan is in crisis, and it is political.
It is about independence-freedom.
Through a peaceful revolution, the people of Sudan ousted Omar al-Bashir, dictator of over 30 years.
However, The Transitional Military Council (TMC) has conveyed a lack of investment in a peaceful transition to democracy and giving up power.
On June 3, 2019, they reportedly killed over hundred peaceful protesters in a crackdown against the opposition. At this time, the actual number of casualties remain unknown.
Social media has been critical to the revolution before, during, and after the crackdown.
Consequently, the military junta has shut down the internet. Numerous reports suggest the nation is at a 90% blackout.
This blackout is important to keep in mind, as the Sudanese state media and TMC seek to control the narrative about the Sudan Uprising and the opposition.
For individuals who desire to stand in solidarity with revolutionary people of Sudan, below is a 4 Part list (partial) of resources to get informed, stay informed and find out ways to help. Read and use at your own discretion.
I. Get Up to Speed & Help
A. Infographic about the peaceful protects and how to help:
B. Sudanese Professionals Association (Umbrella group of unions leading protests/opposition since December 2018)
2. June 4, 2019 Statement: Complete civil disobedience, and open political strike, to avoid chaos
3. June 13, 2019 Statement: Violations against those who participated in the civil disobedience
4. June 15, 2019 Statement: Forces of the Declaration of Freedom and Change
C. Master Document of Sudan Uprising
Compiled by Ladin Awad
HI! heres an ongoing master doc i created around March, updated now w/ recent news concerning Sudan now, (i.e. massacres from June 3rd) meant to be super collaborative so pls share any missing relevant sources to me, firstname.lastname@example.org TY! #sudanuprisinghttps://t.co/zisB96zWXG
— Ladin (@yaaaaladin) June 5, 2019
Razan Idris curated #SudanSyllabus with resources about Sudan. Includes information pertaining to Sudan uprising.
Twitter access to #SudanSyllabus:
— Razan Idris (@idris_razan) August 13, 2017
E. Sudan Tribune
Non profit based in France dedicated to promoting “promote plural information, democratic and free debate on Sudan.”
II. Understanding the Role of Social Media in Sudan Protests and Crowdfunding
A. Hannah McNeish’s 2016 report: Crowdfunding Medicine via Facebook is a Lifesaver for Sick Children in Sudan
B. Yousra Elbagir’s 2016 report: How Sudan’s diaspora uses social media to marshal Ramadan meals
III. Get Informed & Stay Informed
Social media has been instrumental and critical to the Sudan protests/revolution. Social media accounts to consider following/checking out:
Watch Elbagir’s news report: At least 27 protesters killed as Sudanese forces attack sit-in
Read Kushhush’s Sudan’s Uprising, Bashir’s Fall, and My Father’s Passing
Twitter (English): @SudanTribune_EN
Sudan Uprising Updates
IV. Other Articles to Read:
- Dena Latif: The Revolutionary Sudan Sit-in Has Been Destroyed, But We’ve Come Too Far to Turn Back
- Human Rights Watch: Sudan: End Network Shutdown Immediately
- Simon Tisdall: Sudan: How Arab Autocrats Conspired to Thwart Reformists’ Hopes
- Catherine Byaruhanga: Rape and Sudan’s revolution: ‘They were crying and screaming’
- Al Jazeera report where the TMC admits responsibility behind the crackdown: Sudan military admits it ordered brutal crackdown on protesters
- The story of Mohammad Mattar: #BlueforSudan: Why is social media turning blue for Sudan?
- Zeinab Mohammed Salith in Khartoum and Jason Burke: Sudanese doctors say dozens of people raped during sit-in attack
- Eyder Peralta Interview with Mohammed Naji Alasam: Sudanese Opposition Leader Speaks Out Amid Threats
- Kaamil Ahmed: Dozens of Sudanese officers ‘arrested for refusing to use violence against protesters’
- Michael Love Michael: How to Help Sudan: A Country in Crisis