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Community members gathered by the "Ottawa" sign in the ByWard Market for a vigil for victims of recent violence in Sudan. Photo © Haneen Al-Hassoun

Sudanese community remembers victims

The Sudanese community in Ottawa, along with supporters, gathered in the ByWard Market Sunday night to remember the lives of those who died in Sudan during pro-democracy protests.

The demonstrations follow a military coup that ousted former president Omar al-Bashir from power.

Khatra Badreldin, organized the vigil that took place Sunday evening. Her goal was to involve the Sudanese youth in Ottawa and not feel helpless. Badreldin has had family members arrested and has not been able to get in touch with her family for several weeks. [Photo © Haneen Al-Hassoun]
The community stood in a circle and several young people stepped forward to share their thoughts and feelings about the violence in Sudan. [Photo © Haneen Al-Hassoun]

Dina Mukhtar, a student at the University of Ottawa, answered questions from people passing by. She said she’s lucky that she doesn’t have any family members in Sudan at the moment. [Photo © Haneen Al-Hassoun]
The colour blue has become a symbol of support for the Sudanese people. Social media influencers and people from all backgrounds have been changing their social media profile pictures to a blue background to raise awareness about the issue. [Photo © Haneen Al-Hassoun]
Habab Elkhalifa, said it’s fulfilling to be able to speak on behalf of the Sudanese people, because “the way to enable evil is through silence.”
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