Yassmin Abdel-Magied: The advocate bringing Attention to Sudan’s underreported war

Yassmin Abdel-Magied speaking at an event

Many have described the Sudanese war as an “underreported war,” leading to people having limited information about the tragedies happening there. However, for people like Yassmin Abdel-Magied, nothing can silence her during this time. 

When one goes through Yassmin’s Instagram, you’re will repeatedly see information about the Sudanese war on her feed. Whether it is her interview with Al Jazeera, an article she publishes, or her reel reflecting and educating people on the ongoing war in Sudan. 

Born in Sudan and raised in Australia, Yassmin is a writer and activist—a relentless advocate for tolerance, diversity, and human rights. As the Sudan War rages on, Yassmin has taken it upon herself to amplify the voices of the marginalized and shine a spotlight on the often-overlooked crisis unfolding in her homeland.

Understanding the Sudanese war 

The removal of Omar al-Bashir, a long-standing authoritarian leader in 2019 raised hopes for transitioning to civilian rule in Sudan. Unfortunately, a military coup derailed this progress two years later, leading to political and economic turmoil. This upheaval reignited intercommunal conflict in the western Darfur, Blue Nile, and Kordofan states. In April 2023, Sudan saw violence that has lasted for ten months so far. 

According to the UNCHR website, over 4.3 million were displaced inside Sudan while over 1 million refugees and returnees fled the country, leading the country to the most significant number of internally displaced people globally.

 Yet, amid the chaos and violence, the world’s attention has primarily been diverted elsewhere, leaving the plight of Sudan’s civilians to languish in the shadows. Yassmin, however, refuses to let their voices go unheard.

How Yassmin becomes the voice

Through her various platforms and engagements, Yassmin has become a powerful force in bringing attention to Sudan’s underreported war. She employs a multifaceted approach to raise awareness and spark meaningful dialogue about the crisis, taking advantage of the new media. 

One of Yassmin’s most potent tools is her ability to humanize the conflict. Instead of reducing the war to a mere statistic or geopolitical puzzle, she tells the stories of individuals whose lives have been irrevocably altered by violence and displacement. By putting a human face on the crisis, Yassmin compels audiences to confront the harsh realities of war and their complicity in perpetuating silence and indifference.

In her heartfelt plea published on GQ Middle East, yasmine recalled the day she left Sudan as a result of the violence; she wrote :

“My heart crowded my throat as I drew blank. I could not remember when I walked through the door of my flat in London the night before. I could not remember any details of the flight from Cairo. I could remember nothing but blurry days of Ramadan and Eid, glued to the television or phone or laptop, alternating through fear, grief, and cold, dark, numb shock. I remembered the slap of sorrowful waters Sudanese people were plunged in on April 15, 2023.”

Moreover, Yassmin recognizes the importance of education and information in empowering communities to advocate for change.

As we reflect on Yassmin Abdel-Magied’s remarkable journey and tireless advocacy, let us not forget about the women and children forced to leave their homes and ended up being victims of sexual abuse, among forms of gender-based violence,

 

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