“Rawan isn't very open about what she believes in. But whatever it is that she believes in, she tends to support it very strongly.” says Kamakshee Kuchal ‘24, a close friend. Rawan wears a hijab, speaks perfect English, and is from Sudan. She fights for the rights of her people and freedom for her country.
Rawan was born in Sudan and immigrated to Philadelphia, then moved to Iowa. She is proud of being Sudanese and American.
“I feel like I’m different. Not everyone is part of two cultures. My biggest influence on me was when I came to America. Because it helps me live a better life. Because everyone that I know their education is like, really bad,” Rawan said.
Corruption and inflation came to a head on June 3rd. A few months earlier, Omar al-Bashir, president of Sudan, was ousted by his generals after peaceful protests over cuts to bread and fuel subsidies that caused prices to skyrocket. His generals took power and wanted to keep control of Sudan instead of changing to a civilian administration. Protestors and the military tried to compromise, but meetings broke down shortly before June 3rd.
Ibrahim and her aunt headed to Burri, a section of Khartoum away from the Ministry of Defense where the main protest was. “It was really loud because everyone was yelling. And then the more people yelled, the more people came and joined us in the protest. . . . I felt proud to be doing this because it’s for the country and the country needs better things to it. But at the same time you felt unsafe because I knew there were some people being shot,” Rawan said. Ibrahim, who initially described Rawan as 'mean' said, “[She’s like my aunt] only when she protests.”