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Alaa Salah (Twitter)
Alaa Salah (Twitter)

‘We believed’

Alaa Salah, Sudanese protester whose photo went viral, credits women with ousting al-Bashir

By WITW Staff on April 15, 2019

A young Sudanese woman seen leading a crowd of thousands in protest against the regime of since-deposed President Omar al-Bashir said on Thursday that she had received death threats after photographs of her went viral last week.

Alaa Salah, a 22-year-old engineering and architecture student at Sudan International University, wrote on Twitter that “my voice can not be suppressed” by threats of violence, and credited a peaceful women-led revolution for Bashir’s ouster.

“Two-third of the protesters in Sudan are women. Women are half the society. You cannot have a revolution without women,” said Salah. “You cannot have democracy without women. We believed we could, so we did.”

“I never expected my picture would spread so much,” she added, “but I am glad that the world got to see that there is a revolution in Sudan.

Bashir, 75, was removed from power on Thursday after months of protests spurred by a government price hike in the cost of bread. Bashir has been accused of genocide by the International Criminal Court for his role in the war in Darfur in 2003.

Salah Gosh, the feared head of the National Intelligence and Security Services, has also been removed by a military council that has pledged to hold civilian elections within two years. Protesters such as Salah have decried the two-year promise as insufficient, and warned that remnants of Bashir’s regime may still be trying to hold onto power.

Read the full story at VOA News.


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