Sudan Protests Turn Deadly: Hundreds Killed
The crisis in Sudan has become deadly. Military forces have gone after protestors firing shots into crowds, injuring and killing hundreds, with dozens of rapes reported. The victims attacked include women and children.
Henrietta Fore, executive director of Unicef said in a statement, “We have received information that children are being detained, recruited to join the fighting and sexually abused.” She continued, “Schools, hospitals and health centers have been targeted, looted and destroyed. Health workers have been attacked for simply doing their job.”
The Rapid Support Forces, a group within the Sudanese military, are behind the violent attacks and have reportedly dumped the bodies of protesters into the Nile river. Multiple reports say more than 700 have been injured in the attacks, 500 killed, 650 arrested, 54 rapes, 1,000 people missing and 118 bodies dumped in the Nile river.
Government forces have only acknowledged 61 deaths and dismiss the rape allegations. They are also accused of cutting off internet access, in an effort to silence what human rights groups have called horrific and barbaric attacks.
Here are a few ways you can help if you so choose:
The International Rescue Committee helps those displaced by this violence.
Save the Children has a history working and helping the children of Sudan.
You can sign this petition on Change.org to demand the UN investigate this month's violence.
To call your Congressional representative to tell them you want to support the people of Sudan, call 202-224-3121. Or you can text RESIST to Congress at 50409.
Disclaimer, the U.S. has supported Sudan's murderous military. This country is oil-rich and as you know our slogan is, "Profit over people." We have supplied Saudis with weapons and they, in turn, support Sudan's Rapid Support Forces. Like Yemen, we are on the wrong side of this conflict. I don't know how much of a difference it will make to announce our support of the Sudanese people to our reps, but it's better than doing nothing.
The Realist Woman’s take:
Last month, I reported on how integral the role of the Sudanese women had been in the takedown of their former dictator Omar al-Bashir. The people of Sudan took their country back from a murderous maniac after 30 years in power. But while protests can and have been effective in many movements, the aftermath of such an event is where the real story begins.
Lt. General Mohamed Hamden or Hemeti, a former commander of the Janjaweed who was responsible for the genocide of the people of Darfur, took over leadership and led the protests down this deadly path. It’s been reported that talks between the military and opposition have restarted talks but I’m worried for the people. Bodies being dumped in the Nile, and women and children being raped; it’s chaos.
The world needs to keep its eyes on Sudan and give them the support they so desperately need right now.