A Call To Rise

I call upon the people of Sudan, of that nation which has endured the effects of an ineffective regime, its people always reluctant and hesitant to stand up for their freedom. Until now. Now we see that revolution is that contagious effort that so easily spreads like wildfire from nation to nation. We have seen the Middle East over the extent of two years acquire its own voice, its own demands, its own freedom. By way of that reserved right that is democracy, we have witnessed the birth of new governments and the fall of outdated regimes.

And now? It is our turn. It has taken a long time for Sudanese people to realize that it is their duty to bring down a regime that has been idle and ineffective for the better part of 25 years. Since its division in 2011, Sudan has become an unstable country, gas prices skyrocketing due to government-initiated subsidies and the public becoming increasingly aggravated with inflated prices and a weak economy. Part of the problem, a significant part, is the fact that there was no vision in the past, no unanimous vote to take action against Al-Bashir’s government. People were hesitant to start uprisings, as they saw the consequences that followed such actions in neighboring Egypt and, of course, the horrid reality of Syria’s revolution.

It is past due that the Sudanese people have finally decided to speak out, to let their voices echo in the streets of Khartoum and Omdurman. While violence is sure to follow such actions, it is a necessary step forward toward the inception of a new reality, a new Sudan.

It is absolutely vital that we each do our part to ensure that this first step is not smothered by the government. Now that the flame has been sparked, it will take every necessary effort to keep it from extinguishing. I call upon the youth, the elderly, the teachers and the poets, I call upon the disgruntled and the furious, the saddened and disheartened. I call upon my people to stand firmly on the foundations of liberty, so that we can build a formidable barrier that will keep injustice at bay.

It is not enough to chant that the people want the fall of the regime — we must push and fight and resist until it crumbles.

Nihal Mubarak

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