Crisis in Sudan: What every Ghanaian must know and be concerned about

Crisis in Sudan: What every Ghanaian must know and be concerned about

Sudan is undergoing one of the worst crises in the world right now and surprisingly, most African peoples and their leaders have had little to say about it especially because the facts are unknown to many.

Between 1989 and 2019, Omar Al-Bashir ruled the Republic of Sudan, overseeing a period of terror and underdevelopment as well as the secession of South Sudan from the larger country.

But even after Al-Bashir was deposed thanks to a people-powered protest in early 2019, the country has not known peace.

That is because reigning Transitional Military Council (TMC), has refused to immediately grant a popular call for democracy and civilian government.

The protests that ousted Al-Bashir did not die down as many protesters felt any sort of military leadership would still not be in their interest.

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As Al-Jazeera have reported, the TMC has acknowledged cracking down on protesters, a tactic that has injured and killed many.

There are conflicting numbers but generally, those killed so far in Sudan after Al-Bashir was ousted have been put at around 500.

About 50 women have reported that they have been sexually assaulted while over 100 have also been reported missing.

Meanwhile, protesters have rejected calls to have sit-down talks with the military chiefs of the TMC. It has been reported that Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has been identified by protesters to make their case.

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As with every humanitarian crisis, certain individuals are thought to play the villainous roles.

In the current Sudan crisis, Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, better known as Hemeti, has been mentioned. Hemeti is the head of the powerful paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF).

Abdul Fattah Al-Burhan, a holdover from Al-Bashir's government has also been blamed for the crisis and he is the head of the TMC.

World leaders, celebrities and international media have been bashed by millions on social media who have compared concern for the Sudanese people to how the world reacted to the burning of the Notre Dame Cathedral in France in April of 2019.

Ghana's own president, Nana Akufo-Addo, who commiserated with the French people in the wake of the cathedral destruction, is yet offer words on Sudan's crisis.

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