Over the past several months, the international spotlight has returned to Sudan due to popular protests that have swept across the country and overthrown a small number of high-ranking regime officials. As a nonprofit organization that focuses exclusively on Sudan, we welcome the renewed global interest in the challenges the Sudanese people face from the regime that still controls their country.
The world’s attention has been drawn to recent events in Khartoum, where a peaceful protest movement has placed immense pressure on the so-called Transitional Military Council to hand over power to an actual transitional civilian authority. This council of army officers seized power in a palace coupfrom the now imprisoned dictator Omar al-Bashir on April 11, 2019. In mid-May and following an unprovoked attack by the Council’s Rapid Support Forces militia on protesters across Khartoum, the junta and protest leaders struck a fragile deal for a three year transition to civilian rule. It remains unlikely that such a deal will pan out as the regime continues dragging its feet and launching fresh attacks on unarmed and peaceful Sudanese demanding their rights.
Unfortunately, not much has changed in the regions of Sudan that have suffered the most underneath the regime. Little to no international attention is being given to places like the Nuba Mountains, Blue Nile, and Darfur, where the Transitional Military Council has largely continued the regime’s damaging oppression in far-reaching ways.