It can be difficult to keep up with fast-paced news coverage about the Sudan crisis, and you may still have some unanswered questions. Here's everything you need to know about Sudan's current situation:
- Since December last year, Sudan has been suffering a shortage of basic needs, including bread, fuel, medicine and money.
- Because of this shortage, the people of Sudan started peaceful protests against Omar Albashir’s thirty-year-long regime, to fight for their right to a better future.
- On April 6, Sudanese nationals from all over Sudan staged a sit in to push for an end to Albashir’s rule, which had brought with it civil war and widespread human rights violations, and there were several failed attempts to forcefully disperse the protest before he agreed to step down.
- On 11 April, the military announced Omar Albashir had been ousted and arrested.
- The peaceful demonstrations continued, resulting in coup leader and defence minister Awad Ibn Auf stepping down a day after leading the coup.
- Abdelfatah Burhan is currently the leader of the transitional military council alongside deputy Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, otherwise known as Hemedti. On June 3rd, a day before Eid and during the Holy Month of Ramadan, Hemedti initiated a massacre, killing over 118 peaceful demonstrators in the sit in and threw bodies into the river Nile.
- Hemedti is also the leader of a militia known as the Janjaweed, which translates to ‘devils on horsebacks’, and was responsible for the Darfur genocide in 2003.
- An Internet blackout is now underway in Sudan and residents are demanding a civilian government in order to end the massacre, bring justice, and build a better future.