vrijdag, juni 7, 2019 - 18:00

DarfurDuring the past thirty years Sudan has been isolated from the international community and has lived under a cloak of extreme violence. The genocide against the people of Darfur, which was in the Western public eye for a while, has until now resulted in 300.000 people losing their lives and around three million people fleeing the area. Until this day many of them are living in refugee camps in dire conditions. The South of Sudan, as a result of the conflict between the Sudanese army and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), declared independence from the North in 2011. The regime lead by Al Bashir has divided the country over its religious differences, tribal disputes and through racial discrimination. In very recent weeks and months, Omar al Bashir, leader of the violent regime that has ruled Sudan for over thirty years, was forced out of his leading position. He was overthrown thanks to ongoing protests by the people of Sudan, aided by a part of the national military.

Abdelrahman and his family lived in the conditions created by this regime lead by Al Bashir. They experienced first-hand how, within their hometown, people were captured and killed, merely because of the tribe they belonged to. They witnessed how the government deprived its citizens of food, electricity and water, and how people were uprooted from their villages. On June 7, Abdelrahman and his family will share their personal story.


You can register for this event by sending an email to Elly Stigter

About Abdelrahman

Abdelrahman went to obligatory military training, studied at Juba University and became a Human Rights activist working with NGOs in the Darfur region. When he decided to become a journalist for a Dutch-Sudanese radio-station, he knew it was a very dangerous decision to make. As a journalist, he openly critiqued the regime, which led to his capture and imprisonment in 2010. He was accused of several crimes against the state, for nine of them he faced the death penalty or life in prison. Pressure from international humanitarian organisations forced his release and he was granted a permit to stay in the Netherlands in 2014.

On the 7th of June, Abdelrahman and his family will speak about their experiences living in Sudan. Very important to them, and to everyone involved in this event, is that the emphasis of this evening will be not on the violence and the abuse of the regime, but on the possibility to find hope and gather strength in dire conditions. They will speak about how they managed, time and again, to find the strength to create positive experiences and build strong communities under harsh conditions.

The family is doing really well at the moment. They run a Sudanese catering company, Saua Catering, which will provide us all with a lovely meal. The family will be interviewed in an informal way by Ninke Overbeek, writer and dramaturg, who met Abdel Rhman through a storytelling project at the Institute for Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague in 2013. She has been working on a detailed written account of their experiences and has become a close friend of the family.


The program will be English and Dutch. The stories shared in Dutch will be translated to English afterwards. 

18:00 Doors open
18:30 Dinner served by Saua
19:00 - 20:15 Short film and personal stories by Abdelrahman and his family
20:15 Break, time to reflect in silence
20:30 - 21:00 Question & Answer session with the audience and closing