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For #IAmTheSudanRevolution #TweetChat today, some background:
Population: 41,592million
Land-mass: 1,886m km² (2ice size of #Nigeria, 3rd largest in #Africa)
Legal Situation: Emergency rule under military Junta (TMC)
Neighbours: CAR, Chad, Egypt, Eritrea; Ethiopia; Libya; Red-Sea
There are many on-going & active conflicts in Sudan. Three are notable in Blue Nile to the South East; Darfur to the West, & Kordofan in the South. The Status of the resource-rich border settlement of Abyei remains unresolved.
In 2011, South Sudan became an independent country, separating from Sudan under the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA). The crisis in the South escalated with the adoption of Sharia by the military regime of Gen. Gaafar El-Nimieri in 1984
Sudan's capital city, Khartoum, sits strategically on the Nile Basin on the confluence of Blue & White Niles. Historically, Khartoum has been a little Oasis of sanity amidst Sudan's many crises. The current crisis has brought the Janjaweed to the capital.
Saudi Arabia has deep interests in keeping the military in power in Sudan. The Saudi pay Sudan's soldiers to fight in their sectarian campaign in Yemen. The Saudis are also Egypt's benefactors & Egypt has strategic interests in Sudan
In this current crisis, the #JanjaweedMilitia of Gen. Hemedti (military VP), now christened Rapid Support Forces (RSF), numbering about 20,000 men, are roaming Khartoum killing & disappearing ppl.
Gen. Hemedti's #JanjaweedMilitia (RSF) appear in turn to be supported & reinforced by an assortment of irregulars from Chad, Libya, Central Africa Republic & almost certainly by military advisers who are said to be Russian.
When Libya went down, Mali went with it & #TheSahel became an epicentre of instability from which recovered is tough. If #Africa doesn't move quickly to contain this situation, CAR, Chad, DRC, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda suffer
Wherever u are in #African or from the continent, this #SudanCrisis will affect u & ur country in very significant ways & in very adverse ways too. U can be part of the search for solutions. Join @Citizens4Africa in this #TweetChat in 30 mins
This week alone, Sudan's army & their satraps in the #JanjaweedMilitia have exterminated over 250 protesters, disappeared more than double this number & raped several female protesters, including medical personnel
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