A Military Coup in Sudan?
According to media reports coming out of Sudan, a military coup has taken place against the dictatorship of President Omar al-Bashir. Together with the community of Sudanese asylum-seekers in Israel, we are closely observing the developments in the country, while trying to understand what Sudan's future will look like.
President Omar al-Bashir is wanted for heinous war crimes and crimes against humanity, including the genocide in Darfur. Al-Bashir, a brutal tyrant who has ruled the country for 30 years, has systematically oppressed various ethnic and religious groups, using widespread violence in the south, in addition to the horrific genocide taking place in the country's western regions.
In the last 4 months, protests began in Sudan against the rise in prices of food- a protests that spread country-wide that served as the basis for the recent developments. Many Sudanese asylum-seekers in Israel have supported and sympathized with this uprising, and hope for a brighter Sudan.
We do not know exactly what is happening now in Sudan, and we can only guess what the future holds. We all hope for stabilization in the country, and for the establishment of a government that will allow the hundreds of thousands of refugees who fled Sudan under al-Bashir to return happily and safely.