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This Happened - April 8: An Iconic Image Of Female Power In Sudan

This famous picture taken during the Sudanese revolution in 2019 depicts Alaa Salah, a young Sudanese woman, standing on top of a car and leading a crowd of protesters.

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Who is Alaa Salah?

Alaa Salah is a Sudanese student and activist who became an icon of the Sudanese revolution after a photo of her went viral. She is known for her powerful speeches and her role in mobilizing women and young people to participate in the protests.

What is the significance of the photo of Alaa Salah?

The photo has become a symbol of the power of civil resistance and women's participation in political movements. It represents the bravery and determination of the Sudanese people to fight for their rights and overthrow an oppressive government.

What was the Sudanese revolution?

The Sudanese revolution was a series of protests and demonstrations that began in December 2018 and continued until April 2019. The protests were sparked by rising food prices and a deteriorating economy, but they quickly grew into a wider movement calling for the ouster of Sudan's long-time president, Omar al-Bashir.

What happened after the Sudanese revolution?

In April 2019, Omar al-Bashir was ousted from power in a military coup. However, the military council that took control of the country after his ouster has been accused of suppressing dissent and violating human rights. The situation in Sudan remains uncertain, with ongoing protests and political unrest.

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In The Shantytowns Of Buenos Aires, Proof That Neighbors Function Better Than Cities

Residents of the most disadvantaged peripheries of the Argentine capital are pushed to collaborate in the absence of municipal support. They build homes and create services that should be public. It is both admirable, and deplorable.

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A resident of Villa Palito, La Matanza, stands at their gate. August 21, 2020, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Guillermo Tella


BUENOS AIRES – In Argentina, the increasing urgency of the urban poor's housing and public services needs has starkly revealed an absence of municipal policies, which may even be deliberate.

With urban development, local administrations seem dazzled, or blinded, by the city center's lights. Thus they select and strengthen mechanisms that heighten zonal and social inequalities, forcing the less-well-off to live "on the edge" and "behind" in all senses of these words. Likewise, territorial interventions by social actors have both a symbolic and material impact, particularly on marginal or "frontier" zones that are the focus of viewpoints about living "inside," "outside" or "behind."

The center and the periphery produce very different social perceptions. Living on the periphery is to live "behind," in an inevitable state of marginality. The periphery is a complex system of inequalities in terms of housing provision, infrastructures, facilities and transport.

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