You Could Be Doing More: The Sudan Uprising And How You Can Help

June 20, 2019

Sudan is in dire need of our help. They are facing death and devastation due to what they thought may have been a breakthrough from the 30 year Dictatorship of President Omar al-Bashir. Their months of peaceful protests had assisted with ousting the ruling president. Unfortunately, corruption is like a cancer. It infects and attracts other bodies of corruption and is unpredictable. Upon the removal of President Omar al-Bashir, Gen. Mohamed Hamdan was elected to the seat of presidency. Misleading the Sudanese people to think that he would be on their side even though their push was for civilian control; peace and democracy would not be the case. Hamdan once led corrupt military forces referred to as the Janjaweed in Darfur. He has brought these same forces over but to put a silence to the peaceful protesters. On June 3rd, he  ordered his Rapid Security Forces (The Janjaweed) to disperse and wreak havoc on the peaceful protesters. Since June 3rd there have been over 200 deaths, countless rapes and injuries. SINCE JUNE 3RD…

Who truly knows the death toll and number of crimes being that the internet and sources to broadcast these atrocities have been shutdown and controlled.

And  the U.S. Diplomat in Khartoum, Steven Koutsis, is in no way shape or form looking to help the Sudanese people. This is why we need to apply pressure. He came back from Sudan to report to the Trump administration with almost sympathy for Hamdan’s Military forces. Absolutely disgusting.

It’s our duty to help those in need. To help those whose basic rights have been discarded of. Sometimes we see atrocities on social media and then the next week we’re like “Out of site, out of mind.” This is simply because the world is a very traumatic, yet fast moving place. But just because the social-mediasphere has moved does not mean the problem has.  Or “Oh I don’t have the funds to support a movement right now.” But in this Digital age, content is also currency and worth spreading for the good of humanity.

It’s as simple as this…

Think about the Internet access that would’ve allowed the Sudanese people to educate and spread what is happening to them within their country. Their new dictator has done everything in his power to silence them. There is no internet access as of now. We sit on our phones every day, doing God knows what. The least we can do is be a speaking piece for those who have no voice. It’s up to us to keep the spread of information and donation of funds to help the victims.

Here is a list of sources that you can use to be informed and to help. Even if it’s just a dollar or an Instagram story post everyday to keep it fresh in the heads of your followers, friends and families…Do it. It doesn’t hurt. And gotdamnit, it’s the least that we can do.

Please check the sources below for information on how you can support. Thank you to my friends Jordan Wilson, Mosope and Anayka for keeping us abreast of the situation in Sudan.

Resources to spread

Food & Medicine for Sudan – Fundraiser for University of Khartoum Alumni Association USA by Bakri Ali

If you would like to donate to provide food and medicine for Khartoum please visit this link. They’ve raised approximately  $414,325 of $500,000. Anything helps.

https://m.facebook.com/nt/screen/?params=%7B%22fundraiser_campaign_id%22%3A977085802497357%7D&path=%2Ffundraiser%2F&refsrc=https%3A%2F%2Fm.facebook.com%2F977085802497357%2F&_rdr

Sudan Uprising Master Document: Working Document of Resources (Articles, Who to follow, How to speak with your legislators, Ways to give, social media posts etc)

This is the document that has pretty much everything that you need to know about what is happening. It is constantly being updated. Please do yourself a favor and read this. It helps so much. It makes everything easier to understand and support.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1OdpG2HJyTNuY4-5Zn1jsYFK3hBBOxpvwUHZD-N7HCCs/mobilebasic

PUT THE NECESSARY PRESSURE ON YOUR LEGISLATORS HEADS TO STEP IN AND HELP THE SUDANESE PEOPLE.  (Found in the Sudan Uprising Master Document)

How to find your local congressman/representative/senators:

https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative

https://www.senate.gov/senators/index.htm

Senate Committee on Foreign Relations:

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/committees/SSFR

House Committee on Foreign Affairs

https://foreignaffairs.house.gov/members

Commission on Human Rights

https://humanrightscommission.house.gov

Congressional Black Caucaus

https://cbc.house.gov

Template for message to send to Congress (created by Marwa Eltahir):

Date

The Honorable ________

Office Address

United States House of Representatives/United State Senate

City, State, Zip

Dear Representative/Senator ______________:

Hello, my name is ______. As a (Sudanese) community organizer and a constituent, I am concerned about the current state of violence and military suppression in Sudan. I urge you to support an increase in funding to medical suppliers and civilian relief groups that aim to protect innocent civilians who are currently living without access to adequate medicine, shelter, food, nor internet access. I also strongly advise you to highlight the culpability of nations such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates who have sent over $3 billion in aid to the Transitional Military Council that is terrorizing innocent Sudanese children, women, and men. In the past week:

  • At least 108 demonstrators have been killed and at least 600 hundred wounded since security forces stormed a protest camp in Khartoum last Monday.
  • Violent attacks erupted in other parts of Sudan; including home invasions, violent rape, and disposal of dead bodies into the Nile River perpetrated by security forces and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces.
  • The Rapid Support Force and Janjaweed coalitions are responsible for these atrocities and human rights violations.
  • Hospitals are overcrowded and do not have access to enough sterile equipment, medicine, bandages and gauze, and trained staff.
  • Internet and cellphone networks have been restricted or cut off so survivors cannot reach out or expose their current state of destitution and fear.

This is not the time for silence. I demand that as my representative you do not support the military forces in Sudan and advocate for innocent civilians who are dying without access to medical aid or resources for shelter, water, food. Please make medical and safety protections a higher priority for our nation by raising awareness for the civilian organizers in Sudan. Thank you for your consideration and please feel free to contact me if you would like to discuss this issue further.

Sincerely,

Your Name

Your Title

Your Address

Your City, State, Zip

Your Phone Number

 

At the end of the day, ask yourself are you doing enough? I know that I could’ve been doing more than just turning my Instagram avi blue or 1 retweet. Lead by example and the world will be a better place. Let’s hold each other accountable.

 

Author: Nave Sizon

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