Sudan Tradition Fest celebrates north African heritage in Hayward: This is a glance

HAYWARD, Calif. (KGO) — On heart stage, a gaggle of ladies sing “Elgoma Laik Ya Watan,” which interprets from the Arabic to, “We Stand Up For You, Oh Beloved Nation!” It is half invocation for the nation of Sudan, that’s embattled in a civil struggle.

“It was a type of patriotic songs that was made again within the 60s, throughout revolution. So it is rather befitting for the instances that we’re in,” says Alla Suliman.

She is among the many tons of who attended the Sudan Tradition Fest in Hayward. It was a day-long celebration of her native Sudan. Her family flew in from different elements of america simply to be right here.

“It’s all about household and group. Meals and tradition and songs are an enormous a part of who we’re. And, so I’d love for individuals to come back to those occasions and know extra about Sudan from Sudanese individuals,” says Suliman, who lives in Hayward.

Harith Elrufaie is President of the Sudanese Affiliation for Northern California. He says there are only a few thousand Sudanese People dwelling within the Bay Space. The Metropolis of Hayward is residence to the most important native Sudanese group. He says the purpose of a lot of these occasions is to boost consciousness about their heritage.

“The Nubian heritage and the Black pharaohs which can be on the north finish of Sudan. There are like 1,000-plus pyramids in north Sudan. Folks largely hear concerning the ones in Egypt,” says Elrufaie.

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However behind the colourful thobes (conventional robes) and turbans, and joyful songs, is the backdrop of Sudan’s civil struggle, now in its second yr. In response to the United Nations, nearly 14,000 individuals have been killed and near 9 million individuals displaced.

“Water was disconnected from houses. We did not have ingesting water. Electrical energy was on and off,” explains Arif Ibrahim, a tech entrepreneur who lives Oakley.

Ibrahim was in Sudan when the struggle began. He escaped by way of Egypt.

There are considerations that Sudan is being uncared for as a result of wars in Gaza and Ukraine. Domestically, they have been amassing signatures to induce President Joe Biden to talk out in opposition to the struggle. And fundraising to accumulate vital assist to ship again residence.

“Presently, there isn’t any earnings for individuals there. How will they eat? That solves the issue right this moment. However what about tomorrow? That is what scares me essentially the most,” says Ibrahim.

However just like the patriotic songs of the previous, many right here says they’ll proceed to struggle for peace, as they’ve executed previously.

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