Reem Abbas

Reem Abbas is a former Nonresident Fellow at TIMEP focusing on land, conflict, and resources in Sudan. She was also the institute’s first Mohamed Aboelgheit Fellow. She has contributed to dozens of outlets including the Washington Post, the Nation, Al-Monitor, the Guardian, Open Democracy, and African Arguments. She has been working in the field of communications and advocacy for Sudanese civil society groups and international organizations for more than 10 years. She is active in the women’s movement in Sudan and was a former member in the coordination committee in Sudanese Women in Civic and Political Groups (MANSAM). She also spent years working with Sudanese refugees in Egypt and published a profile on a young refugee musician in the book “Voices in Refuge” published by the American University in Cairo Press. Her latest essay titled “Smuggling Books into Sudan: a Brief History from 2012 to 2016” was published in Art and Solidarity Reader: Radical Actions, Politics and Friendships. In 2022, she published “(Un)Doing Resistance: Authoritarianism and Attacks on the Arts in Sudan’s 30 Years of Islamist Rule” with her co-author Ruba El-Melik. You can follow her on Twitter: @ReemWrites.

Articles by: Reem Abbas

A War for Sudan’s Identity: The Loss and Destruction of Culture and Heritage

Millions of people fled their homes in Sudan, leaving with very little. They left behind personal belongings, memories, photo albums, documents, certificates, and even documents proving land and property ownership.

The War to Take Over West Darfur and its Capital, Al-Geneina

On September 9, a picture from Al-Geneina, the capital of West Darfur, showed that power was finally back in the city after nearly five months of complete darkness. It did not matter...

Money Is Power: Hemedti and the RSF’s Paramilitary Industrial Complex in Sudan

The last few years have seen the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) catapult into political power and legitimacy, culminating in the outbreak of war between the militia and the Sudanese Armed Forces on...