Sudanese Use Ramadan to Reflect

Youth volunteers unrolled long green carpets before distributing loaves of bread and bowls of stew to the seated faithful. Nearby, dozens of others cheer and wave Sudanese flags. It is Ramadan in Sudan, and at a sit-in in Khartoum, where thousands of people have camped out since April demanding an end to military rule, no one seems ready to go home — and few seem to have lost their energy for protest. Instead, the protesters have organized an iftar to break their fast, with food for more than 2,000 people, according to volunteers. Despite the heat during the day, student protester Khalid Sharif Ibrahim Abdallah says they will keep demonstrating until they see real change in government. Muslim faithful do not eat or drink from sunrise to sunset.


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