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I Can’t Breathe

Muawad Mustafa Rashid

“I can’t breathe”, the last words spoken by George Floyd on May 25, 2020, are echoing everywhere in Sudan today.

I can’t breathe because our ministry of health failed to provide only US$50 million for the importation of essential medicines, let alone improving the health system in the country.

I can’t breathe because our ministry of education failed to print the textbooks for the new school year, let alone arranging for healthy environment to the students.

I can’t breathe because our ministry of trade and industry failed to provide the flour to provide just bread to its people, let alone rehabilitation of more than 450 factories in the industrial area

I can’t breathe because our ministry of energy failed to provide fuel to the people, let alone working out a plan to make the agricultural season a success.

I can’t breathe because all our officials neglect the people and do not share the people their concerns.

I can’t breathe because it is apparent that our government lacks vision, let alone a clear manifesto.

I can’t breathe because the inflation is inching to 400% without any practical step from the government to deal with it, let alone controlling the black market and its brokers.

I can’t breathe because after Sudan was the safest place on the globe, now it became the most dangerous place for its people, let alone foreigners.

I can’t breathe because our respectful officials in the transitional government are far away from meeting the least aspirations of the people, let alone working for their prosperity.

I can’t breathe because our top officials in the Sovereign Council and the Council of Ministers are in shuttle movements to and from the UAE, and nobody knows what is behind those visits or its outcome; a matter that indicates the absence of transparency.

I can’t breathe because it has been a long time since the government-appointed Nabil Adeeb to head an official inquiry into the massacre of 3rd June 2019, and the outcome of the fact-finding report has not yet been revealed.

My last words to our rulers: “Our Lives Matter

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