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Ever since the fall of long-time President Omar al-Bashir, Sudan has been in a state of crisis. On 3rd June, hundreds were left dead when the current ruling party open fired at a square in Khartoum. The Transitional Military Council (TMC) had taken over control of the country since April. Talks have since been ongoing whether a civilian or a military officer should lead the country.
All talks have since fell through after the TMC opened fired at demonstrators. While the TMC claims that the area the military had opened fire at was usually where drug dealers dwell. The act was still faced with international condemnation as a “brutal attack” from leading countries around the world. The demonstration had continued a month after the brutal shooting with more youths committing to the protest.
Women take the lead
Interestingly enough, the Sudanese Professional Association (SPA) reports that most demonstrations were lead by women. Women were often seen at the forefront of the demonstrations with one woman leading chants going viral on the internet. The internet has dubbed the woman in the video as Kandaka, which translates to Nubian queen.
#AlaaSalah has been called a ‘kandaka’ – a term used for ancient #Nubian queens
Draped in a traditional white thobe, singing for #revolution the poem “thowra” & surrounded by protesters became a symbol of Sudan’s protest movement.#Sudan_Uprising #Women ✊?pic.twitter.com/UP9vEUOsz0
— Siman Hadi (@siman_hadi) 9 April 2019
The woman in the photos and videos is identified as Alaa Salah. She’s a 22-year-old student studying engineering and architecture at Sudan Internation University in Khartoum. Salah is said to be determined to overthrow the regime because the situation is unbearable for her people. Experts across the globe have concluded that the image of Salah up on a white car and leading the protest chants have greatly inspired more women in the country. More women were seen to have come out and join the “Millions March” restarted earlier this week.
Unfortunately, more people were said to have died during the most recent protest. The most recent update of the number of deaths during the stampede was 7 according to reports from state owned news agency SUNA. The agency further stated that 181 were reportedly injured according to the Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors.