Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Sincere Gratitude to #FreeUsamah!

Protesters during a solidarity protest with #SudanRevolts
in July, London, UK. (Photo credits: Sanna Arman/Facebook)

When I was arrested during an anti-regime peaceful protest at Burri neighborhood in Khartoum last June, I didn't have the slightest idea for how long I was going to be detained. Having been arrested by agents of the notorious National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS)— the state's security apparatus tasked primarily with the unlawful mission of crushing domestic dissent, I knew that exceptionally tough times are ahead of me.

Nonetheless, I considered arrest and subsequent imprisonment a contribution one must pay to pave the way for the freedom we all aspire to. I hoped that the impact of my arrest, if any, help break the early media blockade on #SudanRevolts as we all strove to spread the news about the events as they unfolded on the ground. Lasty, I knew that my family, relatives and friends would all be extremely worried about my well-being and will be faithfully keeping me in their prayers.