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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to find your local congressman/representative/senators:
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Template for message to send to Congress (created by Marwa Eltahir):
The Honorable ________
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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:
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.
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