Sudanese in Columbus, Ohio celebrated the 67th Independence Day of Sudan on the eve of the day, January 1, 2023, with the President of the Sudanese Community Association, Dr. Tariq Hi Mukhtar describing it as “bitter and sweet.”
“It is bitter and sweet because everyone knows what is going on in Africa, especially in Sadan where a democratic government has been hijacked by a group of armed militants.”
“But today we are celebrating, and we are not submitting to the military rule. It is a celebration of fighting to the end,” Dr Tariq Hi Mukhtar said.
“We are encouraging and setting example to other diasporans not to be sad on the Sudan Independent Day but a day to celebrate and not to submit to the militants, the few who have hijacked the government.”
Many Sudanese and friends in Columbus, Ohio gathered together at the Rocky Fork Boulevard, beside the Gahanna Police Department to celebrate the 67th Independent Day.
Children and adults sang and danced and showcased Sudanese culture and fashion at the event.
Sudan, in Northeast Africa got her Independence from the United Kingdom and the Kingdom of Egypt on January 1, 1956.
Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman al-Burhan, Sudanese politician and Sudanese Army general is the de facto head of state of Sudan as the commander-in-chief of the Sudanese Armed Forces after leading a coup d’état in October 2021 that deposed Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok.
With a population of over 45million, Sudan shares borders with the Central African Republic to the southwest, Chad to the west, Egypt to the north, Eritrea to the northeast, Ethiopia to the southeast, Libya to the northwest, South Sudan to the south and the Red Sea.
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