Sudan

Will Die for Food

The relentless rise in prices is causing mass starvation

In the capital, Khartoum, and in other major cities, mass protests continue against the military junta in power following the October 21, 2021 coup. The demonstrations, which began spontaneously immediately after the coup following an increase in electricity prices, have expanded into a broader mobilization against the military government.

Following the Ukrainian crisis, when electricity, fuel and food prices soared in the country, the protest movement gained new momentum. According to the United Nations’ World Food Programme, nearly half of the population is suffering from extreme hunger, while the cost of basic necessities continues to rise by the day.

Since October 2021, protests organized by neighborhood resistance committees have drawn hundreds of thousands of people to the streets: at least 79 of them have been killed and more than 2,000 wounded by government militias firing at eye level. But the repression has not served to discourage the protesters: especially today, since for many of them the alternative is to die of hunger.

( 2021 )