‘I believe this war will destroy Sudan’: the coup protesters now on the run

by Arif Elsawi

Between December 2021 and April 2023, the photographer Arthur Larie documented the weekly protests against the coup in Sudan. After war broke out in April, he tracked down some of the people he’d photographed to find out what happened to them

On 15 April, the Sudanese army and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) militia went to war. Tensions had been rising between the armed forces loyal to Gen Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, and those loyal to the RSF leader Gen Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, known as Hemedti, since the army seized power in a coup in October 2021.

Over the past three months, at least 3,000 people have been killed and 6,000 wounded in the conflict. Sexual violence has been reported as have ethnically targeted attacks, particularly in the Darfur region.

17 April 2022: Rami Himat, pictured in Khartoum almost exactly a year before war broke out, singing revolutionary poems to encourage people to demonstrate

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