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My Camera and Me Against a Regime

Security forces blocked Reuters correspondents from approaching protesters, and I watched them knock a BBC correspondent down to the floor while he attempted to report on the situation. They seized his equipment and deleted all his material before returning it. My camera was also eventually confiscated.

I was among 46 women and four men who were arrested and forced into NISS vans. All the way to the police department we sang national songs and shouted against unjust laws and humiliation. We maintained this attitude throughout our five hour detention.

The authorities opened a number of charges against us: public nuisance, illegal gathering, and threat to security and public safety. Then they released us on bail.

During questioning, investigators tried to impose concepts of tribalism on us and to classify us according to our cultural and ethnic identities. He asked each one of us to name her tribe. We unanimously refused to answer that question and insisted on being Sudanese.

We also refused to sign a commitment pledging not to participate in any future protests or demonstrations against the National Congress Party government.

Instead I told the investigator that I would demonstrate against public order laws that humiliate women, that I would continue to protest against the NCP Government, and that I would spare no effort to have my voice heard—even if that would cost me my life.

Because of my activities I have become a target to authorities. Today my actions are widely monitored and there have been several attempts to intimidate me into silence. I have had two recent break-ins at my house in the middle of the night and each time the intruder stole my laptops and cameras. Out of fear for the safety and well-being of my family I have changed locations. I am worried that as soon as South Sudan declares its independence from my country, the regime will step up enforcement of strict Islamic laws and I will have even more reason to fear.

It is only because of my supportive family that I am able to continue my work. My loving parents have always put me and my four sisters on equal footing with our brothers. I also have a wonderful husband and four children of my own.

Because I come from a family of so many women, I long to see all women, including my daughters, grow up in a healthy environment. They deserve laws that respect their humanity regardless of their gender, tribe, or ethnicity.

In pursuit of this vision, I have not and will not miss a demonstration—even if I am imprisoned many times, fined, and flogged. There is only one thing of which I am truly afraid: to have my children grow up in an atmosphere that suppresses their voices and reinforces gender inequality among them.

About Nagla Seed Ahmed

As a citizen journalist, Nagla Seed Ahmed uses her camera to expose human rights abuses in Sudan. She regularly contributes to various Arabic-language blogs and has appeared on the Alhurra channel.

Comments

ola.mahadi's picture

Our beoved strong Nagla

Nagla thank you for sharing this and thank you for documenting these although it is hard thing to be done here in sudan but we together learn how to keep it simple and effective

It is never too late to try make your way to your dream and left up your expectation.
Sudanes Women Building Peace
www.suwepmovement.org

usha kc's picture

Its the example of

Its the example of braveness!! keep going on, my best wishes .

usha kc's picture

Its the example of

Its the example of braveness!! keep going on, my best wishes .

Jensine's picture

Welldone!

Hello Nagla,

This is a wonderful article that reflects a dangerous life your are leading. Please keep informing us on the situation of women in Sudan and risks that threatens their lives and hinder their progress. Take care sis.

In friendship,

Halima

Jensine Larsen
World Pulse

sunita.basnet's picture

Keep Speaking

Dear Nagla,
Thank you so much for sharing this article with you. As jensine says please keep us updating you and the situation of Women in Sudan. We hope to have your freedom very soon,
Best regards

With Love and Regards
Sunita Basnet

nazrag's picture

Strength

your strength is amazing

Nazima

Beverly Rose's picture

Dear Nagla, Thank you for

Dear Nagla,
Thank you for your courageous spirit! Your article is incredible, but the video was beyond words. May you be guided and protected and nurtured by Divine Love.

With prayers for peace,
Beverly

ArtByMia's picture

Powerful Warrior Woman

Thank you for sharing your story and this information with us. Although very hard to do i know how important it is to share it with others. I would love to share your story with your permission here in the United States. Itw ould be an opportunity for me to educate others of the things that are happening to women around the world.

You are a brave courageous women that was put on this earth to empower and inspire others.

Thank you and many blessings to you.

Mia

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