Why Sudan?

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

The Coup That Changed Everything

Army veteran Omar al-Bashir seized power with the support of the military in 1989. Wielding a Koran and Kalashnikov rifle, he declared to Sudan that he would 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 the regime's own power.

Since the coup three decades ago, the military junta has orchestrated systematic campaigns of oppression against all those who have stood in its way. Bashir himself was arrested as part of a palace coup in April 2019, but the regime continues to wreak havoc across Sudan underneath the self-declared Transitional Military Council.

War & Genocide in the Periphery

Ethnic African minorities on the edges of Sudan are besieged in genocidal wars by the regime. Junta 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. 

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Southern Sudan

(1983-2005)
One of the world’s most brutal and longest-running wars claimed over two million lives as junta-backed mass murder, enforced starvation, and scorched-earth tactics amounted to genocide. The crisis eventually led to the creation of South Sudan following the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement. Learn more »

Darfur

(2003-Present)
Now the most infamous region of Sudan, the junta began a genocide against African Darfuri tribes in the early 2000s. The notorious killers were a regime-armed militia called the Janjaweed, who still exist today under the new name Rapid Support Forces. Today, the junta commits war crimes in the central Jebel Marra region. Learn more »

Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile

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

A VIOLENT KLEPTOCRACY

Regime insiders and their commercial enablers have hijacked government institutions for vast self-enrichment and self-preservation.
CORRUPTION & VIOLENCE
Key industries in Sudan are tied directly to the regime's mass human rights abuses. Junta paramilitaries have seized control of gold mines and private land and loot civilian property as part of the regime's "payment" for their activities.
STATE & ECONOMY CAPTURE
It is estimated that regime insiders now own over 500 companies in Sudan and control most financial and economic fields in the country. This includes the lucrative oil and gold sectors, as well as land deals and a fast-growing weapons industry.
PATRONAGE
The regime keeps its small support base loyal by rewarding family members, favored ethnic groups, and key religious figures with vast economic benefits, even as public services dwindle and ordinary Sudanese are stuck in poverty.

Oppressing Civil Society

Peaceful activists, journalists, and opposition political figures face live fire, arrest, torture, and murder at the hands of the junta's brutal security services. Organized peaceful protests are openly attacked and civil society leaders' homes are 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.
The Ghost Houses
Arrested opposition activists are brought to dreaded "ghost houses," so named because there is no official junta record of them. It is here that 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 systematically persecuted in extreme ways underneath junta rule.
Islamic Oppression
Historically, a moderate style of Islam is deeply embedded in Sudanese society. The junta has forcibly implemented a violent strain of political Islam for years, which results in the persecution of Muslims, Christians, and other religious minorities.
Demolition of Churches
In recent years, the military regime has enforced a deadly policy of demolishing churches and displacing congregations in major cities. Christians have been evicted from their property and pastors arrested by government security.
Targeting of Christians
From the all-powerful Sudanese capital of Khartoum to the most war-afflicted corners of the besieged Nuba Mountains, Christians are routinely harassed, bombed, and tortured by junta security forces and their wide array of militias.

Terrorism

Sudan's junta shelters, trains, funds, and arms fighters from several internationally-recognized terrorist organizations. Here are just a few of them:
al-Qaeda
From 1992-1996, the junta hosted Osama bin Laden and other leaders of the world’s most infamous terrorist group in Khartoum. The regime assisted in establishing terrorist training camps, and al-Qaeda operatives remain present and active in Sudan today.
Lord’s Resistance Army
This brutal Ugandan rebel force received weapons from the junta in the 1990s, which fueled the wars in southern Sudan and northern Uganda. Today, Joseph Kony and senior LRA commanders use the Kafia Kingi enclave, which is under regime control, as one of their primary safe havens.
Hamas
The junta arms and funnels military resources to Hamas in the Gaza strip. Many of these weapons have been used against Israelis, Palestinians, and internationals. Hamas members are permitted to fundraise in Sudan's borders with the tacit support of the military regime.

Wildlife Poaching & Arms Trafficking

Sudan's junta is the key player in an illegal elephant poaching and arms trafficking network that is unleashing chaos across central Africa.
Killing Herds & Rangers
Sudanese regime militias have caught red-handed in several mass elephant killings in Cameroon and Chad. Hundreds of elephants and several park rangers have been brutally murdered by junta forces.
Funding Terror And War
Junta 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 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.

The Sudanese people and international community have suffered enough of the junta's crimes. It is outrageous that this regime remains in power. That is exactly why we are pursing a peaceful and just resolution to this catastrophe alongside of our Sudanese friends and partners.

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