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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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Sudan's President Omar Al-Bashir Has Officially Announced a 1-Year State of Emergency

After months of tense anti-government demonstrations, President Omar Al-Bashir called on parliament to postpone the amendment that would allow him to run for another term in 2020.

UPDATE 2/22/2019, 4:00 P.M. EST: Sudan's President Omar Al-Bashir has announced a state of emergency that will last for 1 year in a televised speech Friday, Al Jazeera reports.

As the director of Sudanese Security and Intelligence stated prior to the address, Al-Bashir also called on parliament to "postpone constitutional amendments that would allow him to run for another term in a presidential election in 2020."

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Sudanese Spy Chief Issues Order to Release Over 1,000 Protestors

Opposition leader arrested amid escalating protests.

Citizens and local leaders in Sudan continue to call for the removal of President Omar al-Bashir.

The country's intelligence chief Salah Ghosh has issued an order for the release of all those detained during protests, which began in mid-December over the rising price of bread. Over 1,000 people were arrested, including protestors journalists, professors, activists, and opposition leaders, Al Jazeera reports. Mariam al-Madhi, the deputy head of the opposition Umma Party, which is lead by her father, the opposition leader Sadiq al-Mahdi's, has also been detained. Al-Madhi is a vocal supporter of the current protests.

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