SUDAN WATCH: Activist group Girifna aims to educate voters in Sudan

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Activist group Girifna aims to educate voters in Sudan



Girifna braves repression to struggle for democracy in Sudan
From Harry's Place blog by Gene - Saturday, 14 August 2010:
Rebecca Hamilton reports for The Washington Post from Khartoum:

Like any aspiring pro-democracy movement, the young Sudanese activists needed a name. They picked Girifna, Arabic for “We are fed up.” They chose orange for their color and the V-for-victory sign as a logo, then began distributing their first pamphlet.

Challenging the ruling party was risky in a country where political dissent is rarely tolerated, the activists said. But they saw a small opening before elections in April, as the United States and the European Union pressed the government to ensure a free and fair vote.

Girifna now has more than 7,000 members on its Facebook page, a YouTube channel and an online radio station. But members have been tear-gassed, beaten and tortured, the group’s leaders say. “We know they can put us in jail at any time,” said co-founder Nagi Musa, 23.

Faced with these challenges, Girifna’s success at conducting voter education and election monitoring campaigns before the vote was a hopeful sign, suggesting that a lively civil society could emerge in one of Africa’s most repressive dictatorships, the group and its supporters say.

“The government’s harsh crackdown on Girifna’s peaceful organizing activities is a testament to the potential power of youth activism,” said Olivia Bueno, associate director of the International Refugee Rights Initiative, an organization that supports human rights advocates across Africa.


Photo credit: The Washington Post "Standing up for democracy in Sudan" August 14, 2010. Photo caption: Members and supporters of activist group, who call themselves Girifna, Arabic for "We are fed up," march through the southern Sudan capital of Juba. Photographer: Pete Muller-Associated Press

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1 Comments:

Blogger Jah Guide/ras babi babiker said...

....in Sudan or...
in any other land
we Girifna...
just like them
here or there
the human-rights are not here
they have gone...
when I was in Sudan
I dreamed of finding my freedom
in any other land
I crossed rivers
seas
and oceans
seeking
same thing
difficult to find
I do not know why
why, can´t we respect humanity?

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