Why Sudan?

Since 1989, the Sudanese people have been oppressed by one of the most violent, racist, and paranoid dictatorships in history.

The Coup That Changed Everything

Army veteran Omar al-Bashir seized power with the support of the military in 1989. Bashir declared to Sudan that he was going to reengineer the country into one dominated by an ethnic Arab elite underneath oppressive Islamic law. It quickly became clear that agenda existed only to preserve his regime's own power.

Since the coup nearly three decades ago, the Sudanese dictatorship has orchestrated systematic campaigns of oppression against all those who have stood in its way. And the trail of blood now goes far beyond Sudan’s borders.

Unleashing Hell Across the Periphery

Ethnic African minorities in the periphery regions of Sudan are besieged in genocidal wars by the regime. For decades, government forces have massacred, raped, and pillaged on such a widespread scale that over 2.5 million Sudanese have perished, with millions more being driven off their land. 

Sudan

Southern Sudan

(1983-2005)
One of the world’s most brutal and longest-running armed conflicts claimed over two million lives due to government-backed mass murder, enforced starvation, and scorched-earth tactics that amounted to genocide. Learn more »

Darfur

(2003-Present)
Perhaps the most infamous region of Sudan, the Bashir regime launched a genocide led by government-armed militia called the Janjaweed. Mass crimes continue today in the Jebel Marra region of Darfur underneath a near-complete media blackout. Learn more »

Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile

(2011-Present)
Currently the epicenter of armed resistance to the regime, Sudan's dictatorship began an unprovoked series of ethnic massacres and aerial bombings in 2011. Tens of thousands have taken up arms to defend their homes and blunt further attacks. Learn more »

Exporting Terrorism Abroad

The government of Sudan continues to shelter, train, fund, and arm fighters from several internationally-recognized terrorist organizations. Here are just a few of them:
al-Qaeda
From 1992-1996, the regime hosted Osama bin Laden and other leaders of the world’s most infamous terrorist group in Khartoum. The Sudanese government assisted in establishing terrorist training camps, and al-Qaeda operatives remain in Sudan today.
Lord’s Resistance Army
This brutal rebel force received weapons from the Sudanese government in the 1990s. Today, Joseph Kony and senior LRA commanders use the Kafia Kingi enclave, which is under the control of the Sudanese government, as one of their safe havens.
Hamas
The regime arms and funnels military resources to Hamas in the Gaza strip. Many of these weapons have been used against both Israelis and Palestinians. Hamas members are permitted to fundraise within Sudan with the support of the government.

Oppressing Civil Society

Peaceful activists, journalists, and opposition political figures in regime-dominated areas face live fire, arrest, torture, and forced disappearance at the hands of Bashir's brutal security services. Organized peaceful protests are openly attacked and civil society leader's homes frequently raided.
Protest Crackdowns
Peaceful protestors are intimidated before protesting and attacked with tear gas and live ammunition when grouped together, while protest organizers are often arrested, tortured, and sometimes murdered.
Ghost Houses
Arrested opposition activists are brought to the dreaded “ghost houses,” so named because there is no official government record of them. Here, Sudanese security forces torture, rape, and execute unarmed citizens.
The Disappeared
Activists are often never seen again after they enter a ghost house. Some are moved to prisons or executed. We only know of these places because a brave few have escaped or have been released.

Religious Persecution

From those who hold centuries-old traditional beliefs to followers of Christianity, religious minorities in Sudan are persecuted in systematic and extreme ways underneath the Bashir regime.
Islamic Oppression
Historically, Islam is deeply embedded in Sudanese society. The Bashir regime has forcibly implemented a politicized and violent version of Islam for years, which results in the persecution of Christians and other religious minorities.
Demolition of Churches
Over the past few years, the dictatorship has supported a policy of systematically demolishing churches in major cities. Congregations have been evicted from their property and pastors arrested by government security.
Targeting of Christians
From the Sudanese capital of Khartoum to war-afflicted areas of the Nuba Mountains, Christians are routinely harassed, bombed, and tortured by government security forces and their associated militias.

Wildlife Poaching & Weapons Trafficking

The government of Sudan is the key player in an illegal elephant poaching and arms trafficking network that is spreading chaos across central Africa.
Killing Herds & Rangers
Sudanese government militias have been implicated in mass elephant killings in Cameroon and Chad. Hundreds of elephants and several park rangers have been brutally murdered.
Funding Terror And War
Sudanese government militias and other armed groups such as the Lord's Resistance Army give ivory to Sudanese military commanders in exchange for weapons, ammunition, and money.
Feeding Illicit Markets
Illegal ivory is sold openly in Khartoum, Sudan and is delivered to black market buyers in Egypt and China. Ivory demand is skyrocketing in these two countries and creating the conditions for poaching to continue.

SO, WHY SUDAN?

BECAUSE THE CRAZIEST THING WE CAN DO IS NOTHING.

No one anywhere in the world should live under these conditions. That’s why we’re pursuing peace and justice with our Sudanese friends. 

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