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A Sudanese woman Alaa Salah has emerged as the face of Sudan uprising after her video of chanting the slogans of revolution while leading thousands of women at anti-government protests went viral on social media.
Alaa Salah 22yrs…“I wanted to get (on the car) and speak to the pple against racism and tribalism in all its forms,which affects everyone across all walks of life,”
— Elon Luvanda (@ElonAlusiola) April 11, 2019
The lady now more popularly known as ‘Nubian Queen’ has gained worldwide traction after she was seen bravely leading the protests while standing upon the car. She has been dubbed “Kandaka”, which means Nubian queen. Alaa Salah is currently the student of engineering and technology at Sudan International University.
— Jalelah Sophia Ahmed (@JalelahAhmed) April 10, 2019
The protestors were calling for the resignation of President Omar al-Bashir and nearly 38 people have died since the anti-government protests erupted in Sudan. As per the recent Arab media reports, President Omar al-Bashir has resigned from his post.
“Sudanese women have always participated in revolutions in this country,” she said after her footage from the demonstration went viral on social media. She has bravely staged protests outside the Army Headquarters in Khartoum.
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“If you see Sudan’s history, all our queens have led the state. It’s part of our heritage” said Alaa Salah. In the video, Alaa Salah can be seen wearing a long white headscarf and a skirt. as she sings and pumps up the crowd.
She can be seen wearing big golden earing that flashed in the camera. “I’m very proud to take part in this revolution and I hope our revolution will achieve its goal.”
After an unprecedented success from her viral video, she set up her own Twitter account and posted her first message thanking the people for the overwhelming support.
She wrote thanking, “from the bottom of my heart. The struggle for a democratic and prosperous Sudan continues.”
In another tweet, she said she “wanted to get on the car and speak to the people … speak against racism and tribalism in all its forms, which affects everyone across all walks of life.”
“I wanted to speak on behalf of the youth. I wanted to come out and say that Sudan is for all,” she added.
She also recalled the critical role of women in revolutionary movements. She said “In such movements, women are widely participating not only for their rights but for the rights of the entire community… there’s no difference between women’s rights and community rights,” Salah told AFP.
“Women of Sudan always encourage their youths to fight. This is part of the history of Kandaka,” she added.