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Letter from Africa: Sudanese Fight for Their African identity

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Letter from Africa: Sudanese Fight for Their African identity

Is Arab supremacy smothering the hundreds of diverse ethnic groups in Sudan, and the country’s rich East African heritage?

In our series of letters from African journalist, Yousra Elbagir looks at how Sudanese youth are using social media to express their African identity.

Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir has announced a strategic partnership with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), a regional political organisation that brings together seven Arab states.

The move comes after a series of bilateral talks and a stream of multi-million dollar investments from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

While the East African nation’s government leans ever closer to the Arab world – Sudan joined the Arab League two weeks after its independence in 1956 – millennials are taking to social media to celebrate their African heritage.

Skin bleaching

South Sudan’s secession in 2011 came after more than 30 years of civil war and a dichotomy of a mainly Arab, Muslim north and a mainly African, Christian south.

The split further polarised those who remained in Sudan, especially those from the Nuba and Darfuri ethnic groups, who are marginalised in the government and in state-backed initiatives to promote a national identity.

President Bashir’s focus is on “Arabisation” and establishing Arab supremacy. This is smothering the hundreds of diverse ethnic groups in Sudan, and the country’s rich East African heritage.

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