Sudan seem to be at the center of the world now, she is calling for political freedom and has created a global awareness of what it is like to fight for yourself in Africa. It is inevitably costly and come with scars, many of which may be irreparable. No one would pray and want to scale through such ordeal but there are times when it is just the cost and may appear the only way out. The crises in Sudan started in December 2018 when the price of bread tripled which led to a nationwide protest calling for the resignation of President Omar al-Bashir. The protest rocked on till April 2019 after a coup d’etat by the military which led the end of another African dictator and ushered in another iron fist, the very enforcer of the ancien regime.
The times have made the people of Sudan face their fears and they have found a way in these terrible times to get rid of the stereotype African syndrome – ‘I no wan die, my mama build house, I get pikin’ (I don’t want to die, my mum has a house, I have children) And so many other sounding excuses to count in the reign of (conducive) tyranny and oppression.
Unfortunately, it was victory for the people per se but also, a transition from dictatorship to another face of terror. Though the Transitional Military Council claimed to intervene in the politics of Sudan to fulfill the will of the people. It appears it was just an opportunity for the men in khaki to take advantage of the times.
The military unwillingly to handover power to a democratic government change the course of the protest that began to take demonstrate against her pseudo-liberator. In response to these demonstrations; sorrow, tears and blood has been ushered to the present times of Sudan.
Schools, hospitals and health centres have been targeted, looted and destroyed. Health workers have been attacked simply for doing their job. Sudanese doctors put the toll at 118 dead and female doctors are victims of rape. The barbaric act seem to be in purpose to demoralize and destabilize the revolution and the aid of injured survivors.
The military in reprisal response to the demonstration shot live bullets at the demonstrators with the aim of quenching that will of the people. 100’s of lives has been lost with over 40 bodies found at the Nile River.
The social structure and harmony of Sudan has been distraught with parents fearful of letting their children out of the house, and water, food and medicine shortages were putting children’s health and wellbeing at risk. And also, there are rumors that children are been adopted for attacks. The latest unrest escalated when a raid on protesters sitting outside Khartoum’s Defence Ministry saw dozens killed and hundreds injured.
It is pertinent to know that the mastermind behind the counter-revolution is reputed for such sinister act. He goes by the name, Mohammed Hamdan “Hemeti” Dagolo and is the vice-president of the Sudan’s military ruling junta and likely the most powerful man in Sudan.
Hemeti, through the instrumentality of the Rapid Support Force which some have likened to Janjaweed or rather, view as the same but different reference has been suppressing the Sudanese revolution. Though there is international pressure to lighten the situation, Hemeti hasn’t owe up to the atrocities of his special force and has shifted the blame for the unrest to the opposition whom he claims are disturbing the peace.
Hemeti has reincarnated the crisis of Darfur in Khartoum. He is also accused for genocide atrocities in the Darfur crises where Arab stock militia were cleansing ethnic African people and this time, he is re-exercising his acts. He is a hard nail to pull out of the wood because of his reputation for violence and his relations with Saudi Arabia.
Sudan has been accused of recruiting child soldiers that are fighting the Arabian war in Yemen and Hemeti has vowed to assist Mohammed bin Salman, the Saudi crowned Prince against all threats and attacks from Iran and Houthi militias. And of course, the favor must be returned.
It has been a tough period for the people of Sudan and this is clear indication that tyranny has nothing to offer but enslavement and oppression. It is a tough task for the people of Africa to liberate themselves for their oppressor coupled with external influence who nourish themselves from the oppression of the people.
A revolution can never be ill timed and will come to pass when the people can no longer take it. In such time, the revolution might experience hiccup and times might get worse but the fight continues. To the people of Sudan, keep riding. To the people of Africa, the time awaits.
A Luta continua, Vitória é certa