Many have described the Sudanese uprising as a “bread protest” against a rise in inflation. In fact the Sudanese people took to the streets for much more than a struggling economy, or the price of bread. They have been calling for freedom, peace, justice and the downfall of the regime. And they have finally won.
Algeria's longest serving president stepped down last week following massive protests against his rule. "Bouteflika's resignation is a first step. He embodies the system. Now the struggle to build a new Algeria will continue," said activist Fares Kader Affak.
Over their impatient Waiting for Godot, Eritreans have been deprived of their liberty, human dignity, and prosperity: the ratified constitution was shelved; military service made indefinite; businesses kept on hold; construction was banned; schools have been militarized; the only university was closed; the country has turned into a penitentiary state with numberless underground prisons, and the list goes on. Then to everyone’s surprise Godot arrived in July last year.
An overview of the current political situation in 55 African countries shows that many movements are making gains in the struggle against authoritarianism.
I understand now that what 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg referred to as “a disaster of unspoken sufferings for enormous amounts of people” is worse than a drought, flood, or heatwave. It’s not treating climate change like wildfire, and casually burning down the house in the process.
Many African dictators are facing new wave of dissent enabled through social media. The information monopoly has been challenged; ordinary citizens can now organize and confront their autocratic regimes from below. As they become more interconnected and bypass severe information control, citizens across these repressive countries have become emboldened in the face of armed repression.