On the third anniversary of the revolution

Dr. Elshafie Khidir Saeid

On December 19, 2018, the youth of Sudan took to the streets and squares of change, declaring their revolution is not just a hungry uprising and is not linked to instantaneous political goals, but, it is a revolution of an entire generation that decided to smash the wall built by the Injaz, that blocks their horizon and hope for the future. They remained in the streets for several months until the beginnings of the great dream came true, and the slogan “You just fall” won in overthrowing the ruling political cover, but without touching what was under that cover, which, until today, has been seeking to abort the revolution. On December 19, 2019, the first anniversary of the revolution, the Sudanese young people again took to the streets, not only to celebrate the anniversary, but also in response to the hostile attempts of the Ingaz supporters to the transitional government, and to affirm their commitment to continue the revolution until it achieves its goals in freedom, peace, and justice, as well as to show their support to the transitional government. On December 19, 2020, the second anniversary of the revolution, the same young people took to the streets, but this time to express strongly their anger at the malfunction of the transitional governing institutions, as they witness the dreams and hopes of the revolution stifled between the legs of the leaders of the transitional period.

Today, the third anniversary of the revolution has arrived, and the country is ravaged by a severe crisis that has pushed it to the brink of an abyss. The relationship between the masses of the revolution and the leadership of the transitional period has reached its worst, where lack of trust has become the ruler of this relationship, especially after the procedures of the twenty-fifth of last October, which came as pouring oil on the fire. Now, all options and scenarios are possible. Yes, we can disagree about what are the most effective scenarios and best options to get out of the critical and dangerous situation that our country is suffering from today, but, I do not think we will disagree that the best options are the ones that combine the direct response to the essence of the crisis with the least cost that protects the homeland from the evil of falling into the quagmire of the bloody and devastating civil war.

In all cases, and whatever option or scenario is adopted, many important objective factors should be considered, including the war that is now raging in Darfur and the possibility to spread to the rest of the country, since all the conflicting parties are present everywhere in the country, the escalating tension in eastern Sudan, the country, especially its capital, Khartoum, has become heavily infiltrated with armed militias that will not remain silent towards the attempts of change as long as this change will directly affect them, the continuing fragmentation among the political parties and the clear differences in their political discourses, the worsening of the deteriorating living conditions in light of the suspension of the international economic program…etc. So, as we outline our options for getting out of the crisis, we must not ignore these factors and their catastrophic effects, otherwise, we will jump, with the homeland, in the dark.

Nothing defeats frustration and opens windows of hope for the revolution to achieve its goals, other than a strong public will groping its way through a coherent and orderly movement in a unified center, and in the footsteps of conscious leadership, that presents specific and unified realistic slogans, planning and mobilizing.

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