Pakistani artists are calling out the international media for not covering the Sudan crisis. Social justice warrior Mahira Khan is at the forefront of this issue.
The Verna actress is known to be vocal about social issues of the day, especially in Pakistan. Now she’s calling out international media for not covering the Sudan killings.
— Mahira Khan (@TheMahiraKhan) June 13, 2019
The United Nations Goodwill Ambassador tweeted out the importance of covering the ongoing atrocities by rebel militia in the sub-Saharan state.
In the recent spell of clashes in Sudan on June 3, around 19 Sudanese children were killed. Many more were abducted and recruited against their will to join the rebel forces, and sexually abused.
Other Celebrities Chime In
After the Raees actress, Hania Amir followed suit.
In an Instagram post Hania urged people to start a conversation on Sudanese conflict. The Parwaaz Hai Junoon actress also listed links to donate for those who have been affected by the conflict in Sudan.
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There’s a massacre happening in Sudan! People are being beaten up, raped, killed! A child was raped by multiple men in a mosque! 52 people killed! 700 injured! Dozens of bodies dumped into the nile river! The military has shut down the internet and media coverage so we don’t get to see what’s happening so they can’t ask anyone for help! Please yeh mat sochain ke yeh hamaray log nahi hain tou ham kya karain. Ham Sab insan hain! Buray waqt ka pata nahi hota. Facebook Instagram twitter snapchat YouTube TikTok! Jahan tak bata sakte ho batao! Please help. Mentioning some of the things you can do to help. -There’s a page on Facebook called ‘food and medicine for Sudan’ -you can donate by going to www.donate.unicefusa.org – www.savethechildren.org – go to www.change.org and sign the petition to urge the UN to look into the matter – donate at www.gofundme.com I’ll post the links and screenshots on my story. RAISE YOUR VOICE FOR HUMANITY! SPEAK UP FOR SUDAN! #sudanmassacre
Pretty soon other Pakistani celebs expressed their support as well.
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The massacre that is taking place in Sudan is the height of violation of human rights that can happen. People are being killed, beaten, dumped and raped all over the country. With the media blackout, it is highly important that we raise our voices from this part of the world for them. I urge you all to help and donate as much as you can to support the victims and their families in this crucial time. I STAND WITH SUDAN.
My heart is in pieces.
Humanity seems to be an emotion of ancient times.
What is this world we live in?
Inhumane & ugly display of power.
I stand in solidarity with #Sudan like we must for such massacres across the globe.
Unfortunately I don’t have to go very far to begin with. pic.twitter.com/CLRZTl4GQ5
— MAWRA HOCANE (@MawraHocane) June 13, 2019
The Sudan Conflict
Sudan has gone through a long civil war. In 2005, the South part of Sudan called for independence. It is important to mention here that South Sudan is resource-rich, particularly oil rich.
In response, the Sudanese military, which controls the government called for a united Sudan.
That unity was short lived. In 2011 South Sudan voted for independence. That didn’t help with development as rebel militias quickly formed and broke away from Sudan. They continue to ruin the peace.
— Abdoulie Njai (@Doulienjai) June 13, 2019
As the Sudanese war for power continues, in recent clashes on June, 2 security forces in Sudan attacked a protest camp in the capital Khartoum.
120 people were killed when Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir was overthrown on April 11th. The forces’ assault on the protest in front of the military headquarters irked the UN and African Union. Yet, none have taken any counter-measures to stop the growing violence in the country.