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Rihanna prays for Sudan

by Mandla Ndlovu
30 Jun 2019 at 19:31hrs | Views
Barbadian singer and businesswoman Robyn Rihanna Fenty on Sunday posted an urgent message praying for the people of Sudan who were conducting a peaceful protest demanding a civilian government.

"With more protests planned for today, June 30, I send my love and I pray for the safety of the Sudanese people." Rihanna posted to her 91 million followers on Twitter. "They have a right to speak out and demand peace, justice and a transition to civilian rule. Over 100 were killed and hundreds more were wounded during the June 3rd protests."

It is not the first time that the celebrated singer has come out raising awareness on the brutal crackdown on citizens happening in Sudan.

In mid-January she said,  "They're shooting people's houses, raping women, burning bodies, throwing them in the Nile like vermin, tormenting people, urinating on them, making them drink sewage water, terrorizing the streets, and stopping Muslims from going to eid prayer. There is an Internet blackout!"

The crisis began in December when Sudanese citizens held rallies to protest rising food costs, fuel shortages, women's rights, and the actions of Sudanese President, Omar al-Bashir, who despite being accused of numerous war crimes and crimes against humanity, had been in power since 1989.

In April, al-Bashir was arrested and removed from power and the military took temporary control over the nation's already shaky political system. However, the power void left many groups fighting for power and peaceful protests turned into civil disobedience, which then turned into chaos and violence.

Source - Byo24News