America is failing the Sudanese

In the past two decades of modern American history, politicians and leaders across the aisle have focused on internal affairs and American interests. This “America First” foreign policy has allowed the nation to become desensitized to horrific humanitarian crises that have occurred.

With the American failure to intervene in the Rwandan genocide fading out of the population’s mind, a new wave of totalitarian regimes rise and fall, leaving nations leaderless and in chaos. The African continent has been ravaged with civil war, apartheid states, colonialism, white supremacy; the list could go on. Sudan is no exception to this as the Sudanese have been peacefully protesting their own dictator. Yet these civil rights protesters were confronted by the country’s military with violence and sexual assault as a weapon.

In response to this mainly female-led protest, the Sudan military adopted a deplorable mantra, “break the women.” On June 3, the conflict erupted far worse than could be imagined. Snipers opened fire on the peaceful demonstrators. At minimum, 100 were slaughtered, while at least 70 women were sexually assaulted. These young activists were bludgeoned to death with democracy on their lips and freedom in their hearts. Given no respect from the country that birthed them, instead their bodies bloated and tattered, unrecognizable by their families along the banks of the Nile. These innocent men and women fighting for the most basic of human rights were met with gunfire and rape. The government reacted simply by creating a complete internet blackout, compromising safety of even more of their own citizens.

Due to the media blackout, information has been extremely difficult, verging on impossible to gain. Minimal information has been given to their own citizens, leaving many in the dark unable to contact families and friends. Subsequently the already brittle economy is falling rapidly, leaving the nation on the brink of collapse.

American media outlets have been reluctant to pick up the story. The White House and both houses of Congress have remained silent. There has been no mention of the Sudan crisis from any major politician. It is imperative that awareness is brought to this crisis. America has a moral, civil and ethical duty to these Sudanese protesters fighting for the same rights we fought for 243 years ago.

ELIZABETH BROOKS

Lynchburg

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