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30 JUNE 2018

Hundreds of Sudanese join protest in London against 29 years of Bashir’s rule

A broad coalition of the Sudanese diaspora in the UK, alongside Waging Peace, Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust (HART), and student-led movement STAND UK demonstrated on Saturday 30 June 2018, to mark 29 years since President Omar al-Bashir assumed office in Sudan.

Mende Nazer spoke at the protest, saying:

“Khartoum burns, kills, enslaves and bombs us. They destroy our culture, bulldoze our schools and bomb our hospitals. But we are still Nuba. I was enslaved for many years. I escaped thanks to people of Britain. Please urge your government not to support the cruel government in Khartoum. We have families we love, just like you. But the British Government is increasing support for the cruel Khartoum. We do not want to be refugees. We want to stay in our beautiful land of the Nuba Mountains.”

BRITISH PRIME MINISTER'S HOUSE 10 DOWNING STREET

Janan, Mende, Baroness Cox and Tom in front of the British Prime Minister's House, 10 Downing to deliver a petition

 

The Attacks Continue

We continue to keep Mende's homeland in our thoughts and prayers. The attacks in the region continue. The militia groups and proxy forces are in the region plundering and burning villages, many local tribesman are being killed. As a result, many innocent villagers are being killed and the survivors have fled to nearby caves. The are suffering from illness and starvation and are cut off from assistance or help from NGOs and other charitable organizations.

Mende, her family and her homeland in our thoughts and prayers.

We wanted to give you the unfortunate news that Mende’s village of Karko has recently been attacked by militia groups in the Sudan. They are believed to be proxy forces of the government. The village has been evacuated and many homes destroyed. Mende’s immediate family have fled into the nearby hills and are living, day to day, in a desperate situation. It goes without saying that Mende is very distraught. It has delayed the Foundation’s planned visit and construction project. It is unknown, at this time, when it can resume.

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