In 2004, at the height of the Save Darfur coalition, Sudan was a country on the global stage, and was the focus of international attention. Today this attention has moved on to other crises, despite the fact that suffering continues in not just Darfur, but has worsened in other regions. We work to keep Sudan in the minds of the public, media, and decision-makers, both with proactive campaigns, and by remaining responsive to developments on the ground. The small size of our organisation means we can be flexible and call out injustices when and where we see them.

A lot of our work relies on collaboration with other organisations, and we are able to use our networks to organise powerful groundswells of support. For instance, we are routinely able to gather hundreds of organisations’ signatures on letters to key figures like the UN Secretary-General or the British establishment on issues such as particularly egregious attacks, the efficacy of international mechanisms to stop conflict and end impunity, and related policy issues. We are also able to mobilise the diaspora and wider Sudanese community to help organise public demonstrations to mark key milestones, for instance the 10-year anniversary of events in Darfur, or in response to particular events.

We work hard to keep Sudan in the media spotlight, despite the restrictions placed on journalism in country. Have a look at our ‘media’ for our coverage in international and national titles.

We also feel it is important to educate today’s young about Sudan, and so regularly run events, or give talks to university or school audiences. These often feature our moving children’s drawings from Darfur.

Case study: Our response to allegations of the use of chemical weapons by the government. We wrote a letter to letter co-signed by 130 organisations to the head of the body tasked with preventing the use of such weapons, the Organisation for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), arranged media opportunities in The Times and on Sky News, arranged a storm of activity on social media, and arranged meetings with senior diplomats. After Sudan was actually named a Vice Chair on the OPCW Executive Council, we again reacted, prompting fresh international criticism.