You won’t have heard about Sudan’s revolutionary street sellers – but that may be about to change for good

They’re the first to disappear when security forces storm encampments and often the hardest and last to be found. Their names rarely become hashtags or Facebook pages, writes Bel Trew

Monday 03 February 2020 16:22
Sellers set up their stalls in Khartoum, Sudan
Sellers set up their stalls in Khartoum, Sudan

The heart-breaking plea cuts through the air like a slap. “Please. I need help, I can’t have this baby,” Sara says.

The Sudanese tea seller was drugged and raped by men she believes are part of feared paramilitary group the Rapid Support Forces, just after they cleared the main protest camp in Khartoum in June.

Sara is in her twenties, divorced, penniless and malnourished. She was told she could take a pill to make the problem go away. She did not realise this far into the pregnancy, this is no longer an option. She also did not know that the surgery required may not be available in Sudan, where abortion is a serious taboo.

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