Sudanese civil society organizations and citizens on Tuesday staged a peaceful rally to the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum to protest against 18 years of U.S. sanctions on their country, and handed a memo demanding the U.S. administration to immediately lift those sanctions.
A representative of the organizations read out a memo that was handed over to the officials of the embassy.
“The U.S. economic sanctions on Sudan have entered their 18th year. This has a great impact on the interests of the Sudanese people,” read the memo.
“The U.S. administration claims that it is punishing the government via the economic sanctions at the time when it is aware that these sanctions do not touch the government or topple it. The direct impact is on the Sudanese people who are paying expensive price for these unjust sanctions,” it noted.
The memo further cited the negative impact of the sanctions on various vital sectors in Sudan, including the transport (land, sea and air), agriculture and industry sector besides the service sectors such as education, health, environment and collapse of infrastructure.
In the meantime, Shama Ahmed Al-Sayed of the Sudanese Organizations Forum told Xinhua that “this is a popular initiative which basically tends to inform the impact of the U.S. sanctions on Sudan and at the same time demands the U.S. authorities to lift these sanctions.”