On April 9, Sudanese photographer Lana Haroun captured 22-year-old engineering student Alaa Salah as she stood on top of a car above a sea of protestors and raised her arm in the air, finger pointed toward the sky. She cried, “I was raised to love our home.”
She has been called “The Sudanese Statue of Liberty,” the revolutionary in the white toub.
Two days after this photo was taken, Omar al-Bashir’s thirty-year military dictatorship came to an end.
If you pay attention to anything in this post, pay attention to this timeline:
- On February 14, Trump threatened to declare the second State of Emergency of his presidency after he failed to secure congressional approval for border wall funding.
- Hours later, Trump signed a $1.375 billion dollar “compromise spending bill” that was far short of his request, but that will continue to reinforce border security.
- On February 22, President Omar al-Bashir declared a one-year State of Emergency across Sudan 9 years after the international criminal court charged him with three counts of genocide in Darfur. Pay special attention to the crimes.
- Hours later, the editor-in-chief of El Tayyar daily newspaper was arrested after he gave an interview with Sky News Arabia TV, stating that President Al Bashir’s decision to impose a national State of Emergency did not resolve the current political crisis.
- Over the next seven weeks, Journalist Osman Mirghani’s arrest received widespread condemnation from Sudan and around the world. An ongoing vigil was held in front of the National Press and Publications Council in Khartoum.
- On April 11, after 6 weeks of sustained nonviolent action by the people of Sudan, the Sudanese military removed Omar al-Bashir from power.
Happening RIGHT NOW:
At this very moment, the streets are filled with a new group of protesters from Darfur. One of the mantras heard on the streets: “We are all Sudanese.” Listen to the sound of citizens mooing like cows as al-Bashir and his entire government are transported to prison.
If you need something more to feel hopeful about, THIS is happening in the world, too:
- Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has declared a “climate emergency”
- Ecuador’s Waorani indigenous tribe won their first victory against oil companies.
- The Army of Nepal Cleaned Up Mount Everest by Collecting Two Tons of Trash and Debris
- All 180,000 Honeybees Living On Top of Notre Dame Cathedral Have Survived the Fire
We are not hopeless.
We are kind.
We are strong.
We are all Sudanese.
And we are legion.