London: As the sounds of bullets, cannons and tanks reverberate across Khartoum and several Sudanese cities, Sudanese intellectuals and writers have spoken out against the ongoing internal strife and have warned of the bleak future the warring forces may lead them into.
Sudanese blood is being spilled on both sides, and the gap is widening while discord grows to the point where an open-ended civil war is feared, with unforgiveable consequences for everyone.
Al Majalla spoke to Sudanese writers and intellectuals who are frustrated with what is taking place in their country. They stressed how important it is to rein in the rhetoric of revenge and retaliation and prevent bloodshed as warring parties fight for power in the name of their victims: the Sudanese people.
According to Sudanese novelist and writer Mansour El Souwaim, what is happening now isn’t surprising to anyone who has followed the events that unfolded following the December Revolution. He says the revolution was hijacked from the start and deliberately delayed under the guise of a false partnership between the army and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF).
The democratic transition was never a priority for either the military or the RSF, he explains. In a bid to buy more time for political and military gain, the conflict was put on hold for four years. However, the recent eruption of violence reveals the selfish and shrewd positions of Sudan’s military leaders who have little regard for the Sudanese people.
"The roots of what is happening now in terms of war and devastation go back to the formation of the modern Sudanese state, or what many intellectuals call the 'Sudanese Monster'. The Sudanese crisis is much deeper than what we see on the surface. Its sores have been exposed,” El Souwaim explains.