By Simon Heywood
It has been some time since Sudan was last covered, and to be honest, still a severely underwhelming amount of public outcry and mainstream media coverage about it. Just because there is “no news” per se, it doesn’t speak on the current state of the nation. This time, there is more news, all from an exclusive interview from the social media/lifestyle influencer Shahd, known by her social media handle @hadyouatsalaam .
According to independent research, the beginnings of the Sudan uprising checks out. For Shahd, she has been following the uprisings since December of 2018, and a bit before then because she regularly visits her family that lives in Sudan. She constantly travels there so she has been able to keep up with its current events.
From the time she found out about the uprisings in Sudan, there was a seven month interval between the discovery and her public statement on her Instagram. However, in between, she states she posted about it occasionally on her Instagram Stories.
Thanks to Shahd, there is new information about the state of affairs in Sudan. As of August 6, the Transitional Military Council (TMC) and the Declaration of Freedom and Change group (DFC) signed a treaty for a civilian led democracy.
Back on June 30, to help increase awareness of the Sudan Crisis, there was a Millions March created by the encouragement of the Sudanese Professionals Association for the people in Sudan and people part of the diaspora to once again take to the streets and demand their right for a civilian led government. Marches took place all over the world, and Shahd took part in the march that occurred in New York City, where they marched from outside the Sudan Mission to the UN.
Since Shahd had made her public statement on Instagram, she has been featured a quite a few magazines and newsletters. She became the face, if not a well known informant, of the Sudan Revolution in the U.S. Shahd comments on with this “image” per se, it brings an air of responsibility to her, and that she has to have all of the information and updates on the current events of Sudan so she can help the public stay informed.
What’s going on in Sudan, and other places like Palestine, Yemen, and the recent crisis in Kashmir, are constantly escaping public view, however. In context of Sudan, Shahd believes that what happened and what is happening in Sudan is not being actively covered and reported for multiple reasons. She states, “Sudan is a poor African state. It is not very powerful. To keep people’s attention and have updates in the news people need to be intrigued and need to be focused. In 2019 people have shorter attention spans and less interest in world news. It’s hard to keep people’s attention. There were slow and stagnant updates between the TMC and the DFC parties and that caused attention to be focused to other places in the news.” To add on to that, Sudan’s own media company was censored, attacked, and shut down during the whole crisis. Nothing could be transmitted outward from the country about its own state of affairs. Other than that, well said Shahd, and I couldn’t agree with you more.
All of these crises happening around the world, are humanitarian crises and we should pay active attention to them. At the end of the day, we are all humans, and even though we may at times live in blissful ignorance, it doesn’t cover up the fact there are still people suffering out there. Blissful ignorance is not true peace, and true peace cannot be had until these crises around the world can be resolved. We should do our part and support people in need no matter where they are. As long as there is a place in the world where people are oppressed, there is no peace.
You can find Shahd on her Instagram (hyperlinked here). Thank you for all that you do.