Sudan Democracy: Sudan has had more military coups than any other country in Africa. Yousra Elbagir talks us through the timeline of events in Sudan’s fight for democracy.
Sudan has had more military coups than any other country in Africa. Since the time of Sudan’s independence in 1956, there were as many as 16 attempted putsches and five successful military coups in Sudan. A record that is comparable to only to Bolivia and Argentina during the same period.
Having undergone three popular uprisings since its independence from British colonial rule. The most recent revolution in 2019 is still under way, with protesters calling for the military to hand over to a civilian government.
On 25 October the military responded to these calls with another crackdown. Internet access was shut down for more than three weeks and unarmed protesters were met with violence. Journalist Yousra Elbagir talks us through the timeline of events in Sudan’s fight for democracy.
Yousra Elbagir is a Sudanese–British journalist and writer. Elbagir was born in Khartoum to a Sudanese journalist and politician father, and to a publisher and business person mother. Her mother is known to be the first female publisher in Sudan.
She grew up in the United Kingdom until she was 8 years old, when her family moved to Sudan. She moved back to London at the age of 16. There she acquired her A levels. And graduated from the University of St Andrews with honours studying Social Anthropology.
Elbagir started her journalistic experience by participating in student publications during her studies at St Andrews. Yousra Elbagir returned to Sudan in 2015 after her studies. As of 2016, she was working as a freelance reporter in Khartoum and was a producer for Elephant Media. Her works have been featured on HBO, Channel 4, BBC Africa, BBC Radio 4, CNN, The Financial Times and The Guardian.