Saw The Photo Of A Sudanese Woman Leading A Protest? Know The Story Behind It
April 10th, 2019 / 6:33 PM
Image Credit: Lana H. Haroun/Facebook
An image of a young woman standing on a car roof and singing a song for revolution has now become a symbol of women’s rights protests in Sudan. The photo, taken by Lana Haroun, has gone viral on social media. Many have applauded the image, but to actually understand the meaning of this image, one needs to know the circumstance under which this image captured.
Image symbolises revolution
The woman in white thobe was singing and giving hope to all the women in the protests. She was singing “Thowra” – Arabic for “revolution.” Buzzfeed has identified the woman as Alaa Salah, a 22-year-old engineering and architecture student. Her act is being appreciated all over the world and particularly in Sudan where women voices were always suppressed. The image was taken during a protest outside a well-guarded headquarters of the military and the feared intelligence services. Lana Haroun, the person who took the image told CNN that positive energy was beaming out of her and she was giving everyone hope. Horoun further said that the woman was telling stories of Sudanese women and called her “perfect”.
The protest that has been ongoing in Sudan for quite a long time is against the repressive government and to dethrone President Omar al-Bashir and nix his 30 year-long rule, reported The Guardian.
Don’t know her name, but this Woman in #Sudan is leading rallies, standing on car roofs, and pleading for change against autocratic Bashir.
Here she is singing “Thawra” (Revolution). Remember this voice: pic.twitter.com/0JG31Tp4rZ
— Joyce Karam (@Joyce_Karam) April 9, 2019
Women lead the uprising
Over the last four months, there has been a significant drop in the male participation rate in the protests against the dictatorial regime. Bashir has held power since 1989 and is accused of genocide. It is the women now who are playing a pivotal role in the demonstration in Sudan.
Several women activist were detained after the first series of protests which hit the government four months back.
The uprising dates back to last year when the government tripled the price of bread and surged the price of fuel. After these, economic concerns morphed into political demands. As of now, according to Associated Press (AP), security forces have at least killed 14 people on April 9 and around 8 more killed on April 6th demonstration. Nearly 2,500 people were arrested in the protests.
Written by : Debarghya Sil
Edited by : Shraddha Goled