‘When will people decide to choose the path of life?’: a Sudanese father’s letter to his dead son


Abdel Rahman Sumel, 20, was killed by Sudan’s security forces in December 2018. His father, Alsadiq, reflects on all those lost since and the hope of a return to the peace his son marched for

Abdel Rahman Sumel, a 20-year-old university student, was killed by Sudan’s security forces during a peaceful march in Khartoum. It was December 2018, and the protests that finally overthrew President Omar el-Bashir’s regime had taken hold across the country, amid fuel shortages, a currency crisis and the tripling of bread prices.

Hundreds of young men and women were killed during the popular uprising, which called for a democratic civilian regime. The protests continued until April this year, when war broke out in Sudan.

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