A letter on violence and resistance
Since April 2023 Sudan is at war again. Not only is it a conflict between military groups, but first and foremost a war on women.
In August 2023, the security services banned an anti-war symposium held by the pressure group, No to Women’s Oppression Initiative (NOW), that was to be held in Wad Medani in Al-Jazeera state in Sudan. Most of the NOW members fled to Wad Medani from Khartoum, Sudan’s capital, after a war between the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), a paramilitary group that rebelled against SAF, erupted on a Ramadan morning in mid-April 2023. NOW, which has been active for over a decade, was trying to bring attention to the struggles faced by women due to the ongoing war in Sudan that is concentrated in Central and Western Sudan. Since April, much of Khartoum as well as other major cities in the Darfur region, have been destroyed. Thus, millions of people were displaced and thousands turned into refugees in neighboring countries such as Egypt, Chad, South Sudan and Ethiopia. Most of the basic infrastructure including hospitals, pharmaceutical and food production factories have seen total destruction.
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