“Courage means a lot of things to me: it means commitment, it means hope. It means thinking first of others. It means a strong belief in human rights, a strong belief in the power of the people, and it means turning our backs on the power of the rulers. Courage will bring change to us in Sudan.”
Sudan gained independence from Britain in 1956. Thirty years later, Islamic extremists based in Khartoum seized control of the democratically elected government, launching a war that led to the deaths of deaths of 1.9 million people and the displacement of 5 million more.
As a consequence, young people, after taking university entrance exams, are drafted and sent to jihad with little to no training. In Sudan, people can frequently disappear or be arrested. The families are then told they died of “natural” causes. And, all over the country, the level of poverty is overwhelming.
Requesting anonymity due to possible persecution, the 1996 Sudanese Human Rights Award Laureate has been a leading organizer of human rights efforts to eliminate the persecution of minorities, promote women’s rights, and oppose the pursuit of war in South Sudan.
Anonymous believes the best way to stop abuses is for people to be aware of their rights. Anonymous helps people, especially women, to become more aware of their rights as human beings and as Sudanese, no matter their ethnic group or religion.