Protest Monitor

The Sudan Protest Monitor

Ever since Lt-Gen. Abdel-Fattah al-Burhan led a coup on 25 October, millions of civilians have come out in record numbers to protest against it. Despite a near month-long Internet blackout, Sudanese civilians across the country have managed to organise multiple demonstrations and record these events for posterity.

The Sudan Protest Monitor was launched on 30 October, just five days after the Sudan Armed Forces staged the coup, to record and map these large-scale protests and violence against civilians using open-source data. The project is managed and published by the Ayin Network using data collected by the Sudanese Archive, an independent Human Rights organization. Dozens of civil society groups working across Sudan and internationally also contribute information. 

The goal of the project is to monitor the size and location of all major protests as well as violence against civilians by security forces using visual documentation created by citizens across the country. Because of security concerns and the previous internet shutdown, the documentation process can take long. For this reason, our maps show far fewer incidents and smaller crowd estimates than occurred but will be gradually updated upon verification.

We are thankful for work of other documentation organizations like the Sudan Doctors for Human Rights, Governance Programming Overseas, The Observatory, The Sudan Ombudsman, Human Rights Watch, Redress, the Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors and many others who cannot be named for creating important data and documentation that supports this project.

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