Sudan is flooded with demonstrations calling for revolution in the transition of President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir’s 30 year term to new leadership. Under Al-Bashir’s command, it is alleged that he directed the genocides of the indigenous tribes in the Darfur region of Sudan. The Fur, Masalit and Zaghawa tribes were displaced from their homes due to severe drought and the battles over resources with competing members of Al-Bashir’s militia. After multiple legal proceedings, arrest warrants, and riots set out for Al-Bashir’s downfall, the Sudanese Armed Forces removed the president from his position in April, 2019.
However, a new name is rising to power in succession of Al-Bashir’s rule: Gen. Awad Ibn Auf. The defense minister and vice president is known for his involvement in the brutal attacks on the Darfur, leading the militia’s massacres. It is estimated that 300,000 people have been murdered on the basis of Ibn Auf’s direction. This new leadership is a far from democracy and the women of the Darfur region have noticed.
Since the Ancient Kingdom of Kush, women have been the vanguard of progression, strength, and morality as Nubian queens and slaves alike. Darfur’s native women wrote poetry to stand against oppression and support bravery and justice.
So it was only fitting that the persecuted and ostracized women of the indigenous region have followed tradition by becoming activists for peace. Women in major cities of Sudan responded and came with their own cries for help against injustices including but not limited to: arrests and beating for wearing trousers and short skirts, sexual violence by government and militia officials, as well as socializing with male friends.
In the spirit of their ancestors, these women are creating masterpieces to bring awareness to the protests, riots, and violence occurring in their country:
Alaa Salah, a student and protester, has gone viral in her chants for revolution. Her powerful words are artistically written in tweets—a modern way of influencing through electronic poetry.
Alaa Satir, an artist of the #IAmSudanRevolution movement, has created murals, digital artwork, and fashion pieces protesting the events taking place across Sudan to honor the victims and break the silencing of women across the world.
The U.S. is becoming more involved as the Sudanese militia’s tactics to suppress civilians becomes increasingly horrific and cruel. However, American involvement is limited to discussions with diplomats and inactive policy strategy. According to a medical group affiliated with the rioting, 70 men and women were raped by military officials in Khartoum, the nation’s capital, within a single week. Currently, the country of Sudan is facing an escalating crisis on the attacks of human rights yet the United States appears to be on stand-by.
Here’s how you can change this:
- Donate to UNICEF
- Call a member of Congress by dialing 202-224-3121 and stating your zip code. Once connected, tell them that you support efforts to aid the people of Sudan.
- Sign a Change.org petition
It is imperative that awareness is raised on these events taking place in Sudan. They are violations of human rights and victims names are going unsaid. But with the efforts of women across the globe, people are starting to take notice. Here at Zoe Elle, we’re putting ourselves at the forefront of this emergency and we’ve saved a seat for you.