The women of Sudan have had enough. On the evening of June 16, 2012, women dormitory residents at the University of Khartoum said, Enough is Enough. Girifna. We are disgusted; we have had enough.
In response to an announcement of astronomically increased meal and transportation prices, the women students staged a protest. A few male students joined in, and together they moved off-campus. Then the police attacked the students, raided the dorms, and, reportedly, beat and harassed women dorm residents. News spread, and the campus exploded. And the police again invaded. And then…something happened. Something that feels different. Some say these are anti-austerity protests or food protests or anti-regime protests. But those have happened before. Others however call them Sudan Revolts or Sudan Spring. Some dare call them the Sudanese Revolution.
Whatever they are, just remember, they began with 200 young women getting up, walking out, and chanting, Enough is enough. Ya basta!
And now, ten days later, Sudan’s President Omar Hassan al-Bashir is described as ‘defiant.’ That’s quite a statement, when the head of State, with all his armed forces and ‘informal’ security forces is mighty enough to stand up, defiant, against women and girls who, as happened in Bahri last Thursday, have gone to the intersections of town, opened up folding chairs, sat down, and chanted for lower prices, more dignity, and a better government. Defiant, indeed.
What started as a protest by a small group of women escalated, by the following Friday, into a sandstorm, which has continued to today. That includes protests, crackdowns, arrests and disappearances, State violence. And the women keep on keeping on.
As Fatma Emam notes, as she shares a photo [above] of women in Bahri blocking the road:
women do not make sandwiches
women make revolutions
women make dreams come true
Whatever you call it, this wave of protests, this revolt, this revolution, this sandstorm, women, young women, set the spark.