Friday, 11 November 2016

Sudan ongoing doctors' protests across the country

While the world is still shell shocked by the shocking win of Donald Trump to the U.S. Presidency, most of the world is still going on about their business. In Sudan, doctors and medical staff have been protesting for two months in Khartoum, Atbarah, Port Sudan, Wadi Halfa, Kordofan and other cities and smaller towns. Protests are also ongoing in West Darfur. The nationwide protest began as a doctors' strike in response to unsanitary working conditions inside several government run Sudanese hospitals and the lack of medical equipment for doctors and medical staff to treat their patients. Several doctors have been detained for over a month by National Intelligence Security Services. The detainees' fellow doctors have held vigils and protested outside the various police departments for their colleagues to be release immediately.

The doctors' protests are part of larger national protests against Sudanese government's current austerity measures that have cut necessary social services while rising commodity and fuel prices for the past several months. Electricity shortage are also a frequency occurrence across Sudan even in he capital Khartoum lately. Any time fuel or food prices rises it leads to protests rather it be in Egypt which was the basis for the 2011 revolution or in Khartoum. The same goes in other African countries such as . Among the opposition parties that have long been repressed and jailed by the Sudanese government is Sudanese Communist Party. The SCP have called for civil disobedience by many Sudanese in Khartoum to be unafraid in standing up for their rights and to end government abuses that have been ratcheted up over the past months. The government have been pushing for economic reform while constructing massive dam projects solve the electricity shortage. Yet the new reforms are unpopular with the majority of ordinary Sudanese people since it doesn't take the people's crucial needs into account. Nor were the people consulted first for a more inclusive and holistic bottom to top economic reforms.

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