How Sudan Was Plundered & Destroyed

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Protests have erupted in Sudan after yet another military coup. Foreign powers have played a role in Sudan’s current problems. Burhan and Hemetti “had to” carry out the coup to preserve their “sources of power and wealth” and prevent being charged for crimes.

Protests have erupted in Sudan after yet another military seize of power. But the African state with some 40 million people didn’t get to where it is today overnight. The United States, Britain and even the Soviet Union have each played a role in Sudan’s current problems. So what went wrong?

In 1899, Britain and Egypt reached an agreement under which Sudan was run by a governor-general appointed by Egypt with British consent. In reality, Sudan was effectively administered as a Crown colony. The British were keen to reverse the process, started under Muhammad Ali Pasha, of uniting the Nile Valley under Egyptian leadership and sought to frustrate all efforts aimed at further uniting the two countries.

A dream that current Egyptian leaders still have. And as they try to realize by supporting the coup maker al-Burhan. Ahead of the latest military coup, al-Burhan contacted his Egyptian colleagues.

Al-Burhan met with US Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa Jeffrey Feltman in his office in Khartoum on Saturday the 23rd of October. Right after that, he boarded a jet to Egypt for secret talks to ensure his coup plot would have regional support. Already on the night of October 23 we were able to report large troop movements. Aimed at Khartoum.

Just before the coup, Director of the Egyptian General Intelligence Directorate, earlier Chief of Staff to the President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Abbas Kamel, traveled to Khartoum to meet General al-Burhan.

According to The New York Times, factors motivating the military to halt the transition to democracy included their personal risk of national or international war crimes charges and their risk of losing control of the gold trade.

Al-Burhan and Hemetti would risk being implicated as perpetrators in the expected International Criminal Court trial of former Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. They would also risk being charged in the Khartoum massacre investigation led by Nabil Adib into the 3 June 2019 Khartoum massacre.

According to Oscar Rickett, writing in Middle East Eye, al-Burhan and Hemetti both have “plundered the resources of Sudan for decades”. Burhan, trained in Cairo, is mostly supported by Egypt, while Hemetti and his brothers, owning gold mines and providing mercenaries for the Saudi war in Yemen, are mostly supported by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia.

According to Rickett, al-Burhan and Hemetti “had to” carry out the coup to preserve their “sources of power and wealth” and prevent being investigated or charged for war crimes by the International Criminal Court. That is probably a very possible conclusion.

Moreover, I think al-Burhan has lost all dignity, honor and identity.
He is an enemy of God, the Sudanese, and the humanity.

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