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For Shahd Khidir, the Sudanese Military Crackdown Has Been an Emotional Journey

The Sudanese-American style and beauty influencer behind "Had You at, Salaam!" writes about losing a friend in the recent crackdown and attempting to use her influence for good.

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There's a revolution in Sudan, my country, and my weapon is my social media influence. This revolution has affected my friends and family however the hardest part was losing one of them. There have been uprisings since last year, against a 30 year military authoritarian regime that has persecuted my people but the uprisings started intensified in December 2018. A lot of peaceful protestors were beaten and lost their lives for a better future for the rest of us. In April, the former President Omar Al-bashir was overthrown. In return, we got a transitional Military Council that was supposed to be in charge and negotiate with the opposition to reach a civilian led democratic government. But recently, about one week ago, there was a paramilitary crack down on peaceful protestors by the Rapid Support Force junta. When protestors were attacked at a sit-in area. I personally lost a friend during that massacre and it was the hardest because I hadn't known when and how it happened until days later.

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Sudanese Opposition Halts Civil Disobedience Campaign & Agrees To Resume Talks with Transitional Military Council

Although some vendors returned to work, most businesses remain closed.

Just days after enacting their civil disobedience campaign and the violent crackdown that left over 100 protesters dead, Sudanese opposition groups have agreed to pause on the action to resume talks with the Transitional Military Council (TMC), Reuters reports.

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Sudanese Protesters Continue Civil Disobedience Campaign as Death Toll Rises to 118

Opposition groups have encouraged protesters to not go to work as a call for a civil state in Sudan.

Sudanese protesters continue to fight for civil rule by enacting a civil disobedience campaign Sunday, The New York Times reports.

Dissenters have been encouraged to not go to work as a call for a civil state. Khartoum and other major cities have been at a standstill with deserted streets and closed shops. Security forces are reported to have killed four more protesters, raising to death toll to 118 following the violent crackdown by the Rapid Support Forces last week, CNN adds.

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Sudanese Security Forces Have Attempted to Disperse Protesters in Khartoum

At least 13 people have been reported killed after security forces opened fire at the protest camp.

Sudanese security forces have attempted to disperse the long-standing protest in the country's capital Monday by opening fire on protesters, Reuters reports.

At least 13 people have been reported killed with over 116 wounded in Khartoum—making this the worst violence since President Omar al-Bashir was pushed out of power in April.

Sudanese dissidents on the ground have utilized social media to share images and video footage of people fleeing and rushing to carry protesters who have been hit by gunfire.

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