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Sudanese activist says uprising is imminent
A Sudanese man who traveled to South Sudan in May to help rebuild a church and ended up being arrested, tortured and charged with terrorism while on a trip north to Sudan, says his countrymen are mobilizing to topple the regime in Khartoum and desperately need U.S. support.
“In just a few days from now, we are going to have another strong uprising, we are going to have another strong revolution … the people are not going to stop,” Rudwan Dawod told The Washington Times on Tuesday.
“We just really need the international community, especially the U.S. government, to help us by any way to get rid of this regime,” he said. “We have a great hope that change will happen through nonviolence.”
Earlier, speaking at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Mr. Dawod said the Sudanese government is trying to divide the Sudanese people along regional lines in order to weaken the opposition.
“We need to let the people know that our goal is the same … to overthrow the regime,” he said.
A big challenge facing the opposition in Sudan is its inability to broadcast its message via TV, radio or newspapers, all of which are controlled by the state, said Mr. Dawod. “It is difficult for us to fight against the government propaganda,” he said.
“It is the right time to take strong action,” he said. “With this regime we will never see peace, we will never see reconciliation between our people.”
The majority of the population in Sudan is Arab and practices Islam.
In May, Mr. Dawod traveled from his home in Springfield, Ore., to South Sudan to direct a project in which Muslims are rebuilding a Catholic cathedral burned down by Sudanese forces in the town of Torit.
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About the Author
Ashish Kumar Sen is a reporter covering foreign policy and international developments for The Washington Times.
Prior to joining The Times, Mr. Sen worked for publications in Asia and the Middle East. His work has appeared in a number of publications and online news sites including the British Broadcasting Corp., Asia Times Online and Outlook magazine.
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