“Stop the killing in Sudan! Stop the rape in Sudan! Stop the violence in Sudan!”
Demonstrators shouted these and other similar chants outside the Irving Convention Center on Sunday, June 9. Despite the pouring rain and strong winds, hundreds of protesters showed up to the rally.
“When you see your family back home dying in large numbers, old people getting beat up, women being raped, it’s just overwhelming. I have brothers, friends, that gave their lives in the name of freedom and change,” says Ehab Eltayeb, the organizer of the event. “Me being on the outside, the least I could do is show my love and support to them and organize a peaceful demonstration so everybody could get together and share our emotions.”
City Council Member Oscar Ward had a hand in making this protest a reality. “I spoke with the Chief of Police and contacted the Irving Convention Center to get approval for this event because I believe what these demonstrators are doing is important. It’s always been a part of our history as Americans to fight for freedom and democracy and I hope for the best for the people of Sudan.”
The military regime in Sudan has shut down all internet access in the country, making it very tough to understand what’s happening on the ground there. Local families are having difficulty reaching their relatives back home.
“Honestly, I’d rather be there and know that they’re safe than be here and not know what’s going on,” says Yusuf Dirar.
With little to no coverage of the situation in national media, the people of Sudan are relying on social media to spread awareness about their plight. Activists are raising money for hospital bills and emergency supplies online, as well as urging the international community to step in and save lives in Sudan.
You can join the movement online by using the hashtag #IAmTheSudanRevolution. Many social media users are also changing their profile pictures to a solid blue photo. This was originally started as a tribute for one of the early victims, Mohamed Mattar. As the situation worsened, it became a symbol for all those losing their lives in the uprising.