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The poets Dalia Elhassan and Safia Elhillo sold copies of their poetry collections for $20 each and donated the proceeds to the revolutionary efforts and emergency medical aid in the ongoing revolution in their home country of Sudan. Both made the announcements on 7 June: Elhassan, inspired by similar efforts by the art designer Dar Al Naim and accessories designer House of Lolia, put 40 copies of her set-to-be-launched In Half Light up for sale, with “100% of proceeds. . . to support the revolutionary efforts on the ground,” and Elhillo, inspired by Dar Al Naim and Elhassan, put up 20 copies of The January Children, with “all proceeds going to emergency medical aid.”

Dalia Elhassan. Image from her website via Google.

See their tweets.

By 9 June, Elhillo’s 20 copies had sold out.

On 10 June, Elhassan’s 40 copies also sold out.

Safia Elhillo. Image from TCB Book Club.

The Sudan Revolution started on 19 December 2018 when demonstrations broke out due to rising costs of living and deteriorating economic conditions, and then calls began for President Omar al-Bashir, who had been in power since 1989, for 40 years, to step down. In February, he declared a state of emergency. In April, following massive protests, he was removed in a military coup. But the Sudanese people continued to call for the military to step down for a civilian-led transition. On 3 June, in what is now known as the Khartoum Massacre, 100 people were killed by the military, who even opened fire on people in medical facilities. The Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA) has since called for nonviolent “complete civil disobedience” and “open political strike.” Symbolized by a viral video in April of 22-year-old Alaa Saleh speaking into a megaphone, the Revolution has been described as led by women.

Thank you, Dalia Elhassan and Safia Elhillo.

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Otosirieze Obi-Young is a writer, journalist, & Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. The recipient of the inaugural The Future Awards Prize for Literature in 2019, he is a judge for The Gerald Kraak Prize and was a judge for The Morland Writing Scholarship in 2019. He is Nonfiction Editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective, which has published volumes including We Are Flowers (2017) and The Inward Gaze (2018). He is Curator at The Art Naija Series, a sequence of e-anthologies of writing and visual art focusing on different aspects of Nigerianness, including Enter Naija: The Book of Places (2016), which explores cities, and Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (2017), which explores professions. His work in queer equality advocacy in literature has been profiled in Literary Hub. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition. He has completed a collection of short stories, You Sing of a Longing, is working on a novel, and is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. He has an M.A. in African Studies and a combined honours B.A. in History & International Studies/English & Literary Studies, both from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He taught English in a private Nigerian university. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts writing and editing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze. When bored, he Googles Rihanna.

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