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KT edit: Peace in Sudan

Filed on September 7, 2020

It's a moment the Sudanese had been waiting for a long time. Khartoum has signed peace deals with key rebel factions, which offers renewed hope after decades of conflict that has ripped the country apart. In the last two decades, hundreds of thousands have died and millions have been displaced. People had lost hope of a better future as monopoly of power by elites resulted in conflicts. People were marginalised based on ethnicity and religion. After years of bloodshed, the country is taking seminal steps towards peace, and it is ably supported by the UAE. The Emirates is committed to helping governments in the region resolve conflicts and rebuild their countries. Together with Saudi Arabia, the UAE has offered $3 billion in financial assistance to the Sudanese government since the fall of former dictator Omar Al Bashir. 

The peace deal could be a turning point for the country, but it needs the Sudan Liberation Movement too to join the efforts. It is the only rebel faction that has stayed out of the process. Their absence can erode the gains made thus far. The Sudanese are committed to seeing change, which can only come when everyone comes on board to rebuild the country together. Sudan has suffered enough; it's time for change. 


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