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Michiganders band with Sudanese protesters

Posted at 5:32 AM, Jul 01, 2019

LANSING, Mich. — After violent protests in Sudan, people in the country took to the streets again on Sunday in what social media called a ‘Millions March’. In solidarity, people from across Michigan came to the Capitol for a rally.

Banjor Musa moved to Lansing from Sudan 19 years ago.

He still has family there. He says he’s heard troubling things that brought him to the rally.

“I get calls and texts sometimes where people don’t have food or don’t have like bread,” Musa said. “For example bread is like what kind of started this whole uprising where there wasn’t adequate food, especially bread.”

Musa is not alone. Musaab Abdalla traveled to the capitol from Detroit to share his concerns.

“Our people are getting killed by the government,” Abdalla said. “Omar al-Bashir has been President for 30 years.”

Tensions remain high in the country of Sudan after talks ended over who should lead the new governing body-a civilian or soldier. Protests by citizens were met with violence by the ruling party. Abdalla says that’s a problem. He’s worried about his family there.

“My dad is there, my mother,” Abdalla said. “So you’re worried about your daddy,” Reporter Christiana Ford asked. “Very,” he said.

Musa says they just want to spread awareness about what’s going on.

“I don’t think a lot of people are aware of this right now. If I could say one thing to the Lansing community it would be to pray and stand in solidarity with the people of Sudan,” Musa said.

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