The perpetrators of the Darfur genocide were never held accountable. Twenty years later, they’re back and more powerful than ever. Niemat Ahmadi and Gerrit Kurtz join New Lines magazine’s Kwangu Liwewe to talk about the supremacist militia Sudan’s warring generals have unleashed.
With the outbreak of war, like millions of Sudanese I was suddenly trapped. The choice between sheltering in place and attempting to reach a border crossing, and my subsequent journey, revealed primal truths about how we react to danger.
For now, some hospitals remain open despite fighting on their literal doorsteps. “It’s absolute chaos,” he says. Doctors are working around the clock and many of his colleagues have not been home for more than a month. It is also incredibly dangerous. Eleven of his colleagues have been killed since the fighting began.
“This war is essentially about them trying to preserve their vast illicit wealth.” Nisrin Elamin and Khalid Mustafa Medani join New Lines magazine’s Kwangu Liwewe and Danny Postel for a deep dive into the origins of Sudan’s nascent civil war.
Leaving my house, my home, the place my siblings and I grew up in is killing me. This is the house my father returned to after 20 years in exile and died in. The same house where he married off my siblings. Where we hosted iftars, lunches and dinners for so many friends, family and loved ones.
When taken in a wider regional context, it becomes clear that the association of the Mahdi and his coming with a time of unbearable oppression and Muslims’ eventual military triumph against all odds made it the perfect story to motivate an impossible fight.
Online, thousands of Sudanese civilians, those on the ground and throughout the diaspora, are using Twitter to connect with one another, fundraise and share critical information on safe routes and passageways out the country.