<p>A protester throws back a tear-gas canister that had been fired by security forces, during a march demanding an end to military rule, in Khartoum, Sudan.</p>
2022 Photo Contest, Africa, Singles

Sudan Protests


Faiz Abubakr Mohamed

30 December, 2021

A protester throws back a tear-gas canister that had been fired by security forces, during a march demanding an end to military rule, in Khartoum, Sudan.

On 30 December, demonstrators marched through the Sudanese capital Khartoum, and in the neighboring cities of Omdurman and Bahri, demanding that the military play no role in a transitional government, and for political power to be transferred to civilian authorities. The protests were brutally suppressed. Reuters reported that five people were killed in the protests.

The military had seized control in a coup on 25 October, after long disagreement between civilian members of an earlier transitional government and military members unwilling to share power. The military had dissolved this government, and detained its prime minister, Abdalla Hamdok. Protesters then took to the streets demanding a return to civilian government and the release of Hamdok, but were met with violence. At least seven people were killed and 140 injured in the October protests, according to reports in The New York Times. Unrest continued even after Hamdok’s reinstatement. Internet services were disrupted, and local and international broadcasting networks said that the government barred them from reporting on events. The reinstated prime minister Hamdok resigned early in January 2022 amidst continuing political deadlock.

The photographer is Sudanese and lives in Khartoum. He took part in early protests following the military coup, and then channeled his activities into photojournalism, as he wants to document what he sees as an ongoing popular revolution.

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Faiz Abubakr Mohamed
About the photographer

Faiz Abubakr Mohamed is a photographer based in Khartoum, Sudan. He has a bachelor's degree in public relations from the Sudan University of Science and Technology. With this photography, Faiz Abubakr Mohamed has participated in exhibitions both in Sudan and internationally - in India, Romania, Egypt and The ...

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This image highlights how Sudanese youth are asserting their values of human rights and citizenship. It demonstrates the remarkable bravery and boldness of an unprotected and unarmed young woman throwing back what the military has thrown at the protesters. This symbolic image praises the determination of the youth and women across Africa who are participating in, and never giving up on, the daily fight for democracy.