Sudan is in peril and we need to listen, to reflect and to act.

Nicole Fraccaroli

Sudan is on a trajectory towards a health and humanitarian crisis because of a near total collapse in national governance. For many of the country’s residents, who have long faced crippling economic hardship that has been intensifying since the division of the country from South Sudan in 2011, the situation means that they are now unable to afford food and essential medicines.

The country’s financial problems sharpened in July, 2011, when the country split into Sudan and South Sudan. Civil war in South Sudan and disagreements about how income from oil should be divided between the two countries, together with ongoing border disputes, have led to continued financial losses.

Weeks after the removal of Omar al-Bashir as the president of Sudan, on the 11th April 2019, the fight for civilian rule continues as the Transitional Military Council (TMC) refuses to give in to the protesters’ demand to cede power. The TMC, led by Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, says it will oversee a transitional period that will last a maximum of two years. Amid continuing protests, security forces are doing everything possible to end a sit-in protest in the capital, Khartoum, by way of killing innocent citizens.

Al-Bashir currently faces two arrest warrants issued by the International Criminal Court. He is charged with five counts of crimes against humanity, two counts of war crimes, and three counts of genocide, allegedly committed between 2003 and 2008 in Sudan’s Darfur region. The president, aged 75 years, has faced and defeated many previous protests voicing opposition against continued economic hardship since he took office by a military coup in 1989.

The situation in Sudan is much more difficult than this, it is much worst, cruel and inhumane. This is the reason why, it is our responsibility to look for information about those events to increase our awareness and contribute by supporting the human rights NGO that are working in the field, and by feeding the political pressure which is necessary to stop human rights atrocities and breaches and in order to come up with a democratic change.

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