Powerful Photo Of Woman Leading Chants Is Being Hailed As One Of The Most Iconic Moments From The Sudan Protests
Protests have swept through Sudan in recent months, with many anti-government protesters demanding the resignation of President Omar al-Bashir, whose loyalist security forces have killed numerous people in the capital, Khartoum.
One image has taken captivated the internet in particular: It's a picture of a young woman in a white robe standing on top of a car. She raises her arms.
The woman, says Hala Al-Karib, a Sudanese women's rights activist with the Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa, sums up "this moment we have been waiting for for the past 30 years."
@lana_hago A woman's place is in the revolution. https://t.co/xLtgOzv0aP— Martha (@Martha)1554837821.0
The photo of the woman, which several news outlets have identified as Alaa Salah, a 22-year-old engineering and architecture student, has already struck a powerful chord as the world watches the protests rage on.
Power. Strength. #Sudan https://t.co/fye63ZnVhx— sarah margon (@sarah margon)1554810895.0
This photograph of a young Sudanese woman dressed in a traditional “tob” today has already become one of the iconic… https://t.co/0Wf2mq9sQN— Isma'il Kushkush (@Isma'il Kushkush)1554759754.0
What a picture. One woman risking her life to lead the protest against Sudanese President Bashir’s authoritarian ru… https://t.co/UZBzVYuA3f— Farrah Fazal (@Farrah Fazal)1554787151.0
The woman led protesters in a chant of "Thowra!" –– Arabic for "revolution."
Don’t know her name, but this Woman in #Sudan is leading rallies, standing on car roofs, and pleading for change ag… https://t.co/579U6u1Mdf— Joyce Karam (@Joyce Karam)1554776834.0
Hind Makki, an interfaith educator who holds a degree in International Relations who is the founder and curator of "Side Entrance," a crowd-sourced website "that documents women's prayer experiences in mosques around the world," explained what makes the image so powerful.
She's wearing a white tobe (outer garment) and gold moon earrings. The white tobe is worn by working women in offic… https://t.co/nsQVx7oLOw— Hind Makki (@Hind Makki)1554752468.0
Her earrings are the gold moons of traditional bridal jewelry (Sudanese, like many Arabic speakers, often use moon-… https://t.co/bErGd4E3ES— Hind Makki (@Hind Makki)1554752571.0
Her entire outfit is also a callback to the clothing worn by our mothers & grandmothers in the 60s, 70s, & 80s who… https://t.co/659MwRO9iw— Hind Makki (@Hind Makki)1554752986.0
Sudanese everywhere are referring to female protestors as "Kandaka," which is the title given to the Nubian queens… https://t.co/40YOf42rL7— Hind Makki (@Hind Makki)1554753440.0
President Omar Hassan al-Bashir has held power since 1989. The International Criminal Court has had a warrant out for his arrest for many years for directing mass killings, rapes, and pillages in Darfur.
He's been accused of crimes against humanity, genocide, and other war crimes.