Streets in Khartoum Turn into Story Boards

Murals have been mushrooming on the walls around the military headquarters in Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, as thousands keep up a vigil to see a return to civilian rule. Many of the artworks carry the message that bullets and bombs are not the order of the day – and the demonstrators want a peaceful transfer of power. The area of the sit-in protest, sandwiched between the northern perimeter of the airport and the Blue Nile, is now the beating heart of the city and it is also where the university campus is based. An art collective has formed there – and a dove mural, expressing the freedoms achieved so far, marks the entrance to the vocational training centre. Many of the artworks use of the blue, yellow and green colours of Sudan’s first flag, from independence in 1956, the old flag was dropped in 1970 by a military junta, which adopted the current pan-Arab colours of red, white, black and green. The hashtag #Sudaxit has been popular with the protesters and harks back to Sudan’s African, rather than Arab, identity. Scores of people are continuing to take part in this outpouring of creativity – and even soldiers have been seen among those coming out to paint the walls of Khartoum.


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