Members of the community have suffered severe loss, as there have been cases of children falling into open drilling sites and drowning. This has also happened several times to livestock, for which the community demanded compensation for loss of income in their petition – along with the demand to close all excavated pits to avoid this happening again in the future.
The demands also called for the proper rehabilitation of the area, as toxic water that now flows through the jungle can pollutel the waters of the Nile during the floods.
This protest came just before devastation was set to hit as the floods arrived – but became extreme due to climate impacts. In what has been described as a worst-in-a-century event, 100 people died, and over half a million have been displaced as homes were submerged or washed away.
In early September, the Sudanese government declared a three month state of emergency. This is a climate emergency, and we must act like our world depends on it – because it does.