Azaz Shami is a Sudanese American human rights advocate.
The peaceful revolution currently taking place in Sudan is not the first attempt to free the country from the grip of the military junta. It is part of a series of attempts over three decades that have been crushed by bullets and met with bloodshed, leaving citizens heartbroken and bereaved.
But not without hope. The Sudanese people are resilient. Time and time again, we have stood up, dusted ourselves off and learned from our mistakes. We have organized and drew from our heritage of collaboration, communal values and civic action. We have built our networks tirelessly and pushed back against one of the most notorious regimes in the region, eventually taking us to the brink of change.
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