Malta’s Sudanese community calling for their nation’s leader to go

Credit: Mohamed Ibrahim, President of the Sudanese Community in Malta - Facebook

Tomorrow, the Sudanese community in Malta plans to hold a protest in Valletta. One of the people leading that protest will be Mohamed Ibrahim, President of the community and one of many who fled the country from Darfur.

He tells that this protest is ‘about the government’.

For the past 29 years, Sudan (or more appropriately North Sudan) has been led by President Omar Al-Bashir, a leader accused of committing an array of human rights abuses against the country’s people.

The International Criminal Court issued a warrant for his arrest back in 2009 and 2010 when it charged Al-Bashir with committing crimes against humanity and genocide.

The UN estimates that the Darfur conflict 300,000 people were killed and nearly 3 million have been displaced because of it, compared to the fraction the Sudanese government put forward (10,000).

The ICC prosecutor said that Mr Al-Bashir, ‘masterminded and implemented a plan to destroy in substantial part’ the killing of three ethnic tribes in the region.

FILE PHOTO: Sudanese demonstrators chant slogans as they march along the street during anti-government protests in Khartoum, Sudan December 25, 2018. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah/File Photo

‘It happens every year, but this time he needs to go’

Since 19th December, the government had introduced higher prices on fuel and bread. The response from the population was to protest and this soon escalated into a call for Al-Bashir to leave office.

Mohamed explains that this keeps happening every year and since he and others left Sudan, nothing has changed, things have only gotten worse.

‘It can be difficult for people to find food, water and transportation. Those who are supporting the government, they don’t have any problems and they don’t feel the same equality others are facing in their lives. It’s been happening time and again. We have no solution so we should throw him out.’

He explains that it is very hard to get information out of the country. Many of the community are relying on word coming from families still inside Sudan while others are using Facebook to communicate.  ‘it is not enough’, he says.

‘All of us are talking about this even though it’s difficult to pick up news from what’s going on over there… All of us are facing the same difficulty.’, he says.

With the protests on-going in the capital Khartoum and the government’s decision to crackdown, the Sudanese community in Malta has decided to join the voice of Sudanese communities in places like Canada and France, showing solidarity to their people back home.

‘That’s the least we can do here.’