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Sudan’s economic crisis fuels conspiracy theories

12 5 16

The Sudanese are not generally known for peddling conspiracy theories. However, during this severe economic crisis many elaborate claims and counter claims about the causes and consequences of the crisis are being voiced by sympathetic political commentators and ardent opposition supporters alike.

A day after my arrival at Khartoum International Airport, I was alerted to a video of an American citizen posted on the popular government opposition website, Al-Rakouba. It appears to show a man, understood to be originally from the Western Sudanese region of Darfur, being tortured and beaten by security services.

Clearly a shocking incident but I then searched for evidence to back up the widely-held claims that the United States had ended negotiations with Sudan on the question of lifting the country’s name from the list of countries supporting terrorism. I found no official release from the US state department or any other public statement about the incident. However, according to the dissenters of the 30-year-old Islamic government this was another nail in the coffin of the “failing despotic regime”.

I came across University Lecturer Dr Abdu Mukhtar, once an ardent supporter of the government, who has now been reduced to discussing the Sudanese economic situation on social media by illustrating that he was unable to cash his salary this month. Mukhtar is one of a growing number of intellectuals disaffected by what he calls, “years of economic mismanagement and the ineffective measures to combat corruption”. He blamed the current economic crisis fairly and squarely on the government.

However, there are some........

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