Since the beginning of April, protestors have been in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum demanding government changes, including finally instituting a civilian-led government. But over the last couple of weeks, the protests have turned deadly.
So far, doctors in the area have estimated over 100 people being killed by the paramilitary forces. But also, as of Monday night, doctors at Royal Care hospital stated that as many as 80 female victims have been raped, according to The Guardian. Doctors at the hospital have accused the paramilitary forces of raping women.
On Sunday, the Sudanese Professionals Association, the group that led against protests against former leader Omar al-Bashir, civil disobedience will only end when with the “transfer power to a civil transitional authority in accordance with the Declaration of Freedom and Change (DFC).”
In an op-ed for Politico, actor George Clooney spoke out in support of the Sudanese people:
“Today, the U.S. Congress and Executive Branch—along with the African Union and European Union—have a second chance to create serious consequences for serious crimes and to invest in high-level diplomacy to bring civilian rule to Sudan. There are plenty of reasons to do so. Resolving Sudan’s current crisis would prevent an escalation in the flow of refugees from Sudan, address the persecution of Christians and other religious minorities, counter the activity of extremist organizations supported by the al-Bashir regime—and prevent another round of mass atrocities in a country whose suffering has few parallels globally.”
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