Do you realize – because we all blog about it here on GretaWire and you have seen the pics from my trip there with Reverend Franklin Graham and Samaritan’s Purse – that YOU know more about Sudan than anyone you know? It is a country that so many have overlooked and is critical to our national security and is an ongoing humanitarian crisis.
Right now the country is experiencing protests — and the Sudanese Government has shot and killed protestors. The Sudanese Foreign Minister said to me on Tuesday when we met that there are many freedoms in Sudan and I pointed out that they had just shut down the internet.
Remember, Sudan is where Bin Laden started his terror career….and check out this excerpt from NY Times today about the terrorist USA just caught:
Abu Anas, 49, was born in Tripoli and joined Bin Laden’s organization as early as the early 1990s, when it was based in Sudan. He later moved to Britain, where he was granted political asylum as a Libyan dissident. United States prosecutors in New York charged him in a 2000 indictment with helping to conduct “visual and photographic surveillance” of the United States Embassy in Nairobi in 1993 and again in 1995. Prosecutors said in the indictment that Abu Anas had discussed with another senior Qaeda figure the idea of attacking an American target in retaliation for the United States peacekeeping operation in Somalia.
Here is today’s New York Times article:
A Killing by Sudanese Security Forces Stokes the Anger of a Protest Movement
By ISMA’IL KUSHKUSH
KHARTOUM, Sudan — The killing of a young pharmacist by Sudanese security forces during an antigovernment demonstration here has become a rallying cry for the protest movement that has rocked Sudan for the last two weeks, threatening the government’s grip on power.
Since the pharmacist, Salah Sanhouri, 28, was shot in the back and killed last month, crowds have gathered daily outside his house.
“Oh, Khartoum, revolt, revolt against those who killed Salah Sanhouri,” they chanted on a recent evening. A short documentary about his life and death titled “Stairway to Heaven” has drawn nearly 9,000 views in three days on YouTube. A Facebook page called “We are all Salah Sanhouri” received 44,000 likes in a single week.
The title of the Facebook page recalled another one dedicated to Khaled Said, an Egyptian businessman whose fatal beating by police officers helped start the Egyptian uprising in 2011. Others here have compared Mr. Sanhouri to Mohamed Bouazizi, the food vendor whose self-immolation was the catalyst for the protest movement in Tunisia.
The demonstrations here in the Sudanese capital began after the government lifted subsidies on gasoline, nearly doubling the price of fuel overnight and heralding an inevitable increase in the price of other goods. The energy crisis compounded an existing economic crisis, with inflation nearing 40 percent and the value of the Sudanese pound plummeting.
The government has responded, the authorities said, with “an iron fist” to curtail “destructive actions.” Sudan’s police forces say 700 people have been arrested and 33 people have died in the violence, blaming “trained elements” and “vandals.”
But a report by Amnesty International on Wednesday said that 210 were believed to have been killed in Khartoum, mostly “due to gunshot wounds to the chest and head,” and that at least 800 had been arrested. Security and police forces have used live ammunition as well as tear gas and batons to break up the protests.
Sudan’s interior minister, CLICK HERE TO READ