Dafa-Alla’s group is currently circulating a petition calling on “Sudanese experts, scholars and researchers at home and abroad” not to cooperate with the military regime in any way.
The petition supports the right of the Sudanese people “to build a democratic, civil system of government based on equal rights, justice and freedom.” Nearly 800 academics had signed it as of November 17.
Years of School Interruption
Over the past three years, students at Sudanese universities and higher institutes have experienced repeated interruptions of their studies. Political upheaval, Covid-19 precautions, and climate disasters have all caused university closures.
The political situation today again is disrupting studies.
“Many students and professors are taking part in the civil disobedience,” Nashwa Issa, an assistant professor at Al-Neelain University in Khartoum, told Al-Fanar Media. “All government activities are suspended, including universities and schools.”
The situation hurts students the most.
“I lost an entire academic year because of the events that took place in the country. I am not entirely sure when I will graduate,” said Zainab Al-Hawari, a third-year pharmacy student at Al-Neelain University.
However, Al-Hawari believes that restoring the civil rule in Sudan is more important now. “Our future does not matter at the present time as much, as we care about the future of our homeland, Sudan,” she said.
Attacks on Students