How Sudanese protesters tapped into their country's rich history of revolt to overthrow a dictator.
"The dawn has come, Atbara has arrived"
This was the chant bellowed by hundreds of people in Khartoum on Tuesday, April 23, as they tearfully welcomed in the train from Atbara, a city 300 kilometers away from the capital. The train was not only filled to capacity, it was overflowing with citizens both inside and on top of the train waving victory signs, posters, banners and Sudanese flags. The videos and stills from that day recorded a historic moment—and a full circle one, harkening back to the first major protest five months earlier on December 19, 2018.
On the other side of the world, I sat in front of my computer screen watching the train roll in and cried, for what felt like the millionth time that week.
Since April 6, the international community has been trying to understand what's happening in Sudan—its scope and significance.