Local Sudanese Community Unites to Alleviate Humanitarian Crisis

The Sudanese Community in Cardiff and South Wales came together on Saturday, 29 July, for a charity event aimed at supporting the victims of the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Sudan. The Open Cultural Day held at St. John’s Crescent, Canton, Cardiff, saw the Sudanese diaspora showcasing their culture while raising awareness and funds for those affected by the still-unfolding war in their homeland.

Sudanese Community of Cardiff and South Wales Chairman Birair Ismail stands in front of the church sign at the beginning of the event.

“The event was a testament to the unity and resilience of the Sudanese community in the face of adversity. Beyond introducing attendees to the vibrant Sudanese culture, the main purpose was to address the dire humanitarian situation unfolding in Sudan since the 15 April.”

The event was organized by The Sudanese Community Association in Cardiff and South Wales. Attendee Robin Donadio said:

The ongoing guerilla warfare has resulted in the loss of thousands of lives and the displacement of countless others. Atrocities perpetrated by the military and paramilitary groups, including the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), have plunged cities like Al-Junaynah and Khartoum into a state of chaos. The scale of violence has reached alarming levels, with acts of genocide and ethnic cleansing leaving innocent civilians devastated.

Local Sudanese family joins in the celebration.

As the afternoon progressed, attendees heard heartfelt testimonies from community members who shared their concerns, hopes, and thoughts about the political situation in Sudan. Musa Mansore, a local community member, described the situation as “very, very bad,” with Khartoum witnessing widespread destruction, lack of essential resources like water and electricity, and countless people displaced to the borders. In Al-Junaynah, a staggering 10 million people have been forced to flee their homes.

Arbab Kharif, Massaliet Community Chairman, emphasized the gravity of the situation in Sudan, where entire areas are deprived of food and clothing. He stressed the urgent need for more organized efforts and diverse sources of assistance to effectively address the crisis and support the Sudanese people.

Birair Ismail, Chairman of the Sudanese Community of Cardiff and South Wales, delivered a passionate speech, urging the audience to rally behind their cause. He highlighted the specific targeting of people in Al-Junaynah, particularly due to their ethnicities, by the militia Rebel Support Forces (RSF), created by the Islamic regime ruling the country since 13 June 1989.

Amidst the challenges, Ismail underscored the diversity and richness of Sudanese culture, with Muslims, Christians, and people of all religions coming together as one united community. The Sudanese Association of Cardiff and South Wales, established in 1997, works to strengthen the community both locally and in Sudan. Their mission is to build bridges with all communities, embracing British values while cherishing their own cultural heritage.

Local Community Member Musa Mansore, pictured after an interview.

Robin said:

“The Open Cultural Day was not only a tribute to Sudanese identity but a powerful call for support from the wider community in Wales. Through this charity event, the Sudanese Community in Cardiff and South Wales hopes to raise vital funds to provide much-needed aid, including food, shelter, and medical supplies, to those suffering back home.

To join hands with the Sudanese Community in Cardiff and South Wales and support their humanitarian efforts, visit their website https://www.facebook.com/Sudanesecacsw/ or reach out to the association directly.

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