You May have seen this Iconic Image but do you really know the whole story?

This beautiful picture of a Sudanese woman leading the chanting crowds went viral. However, do you know real-life stories of women behind the Sudanese revolution?

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This image portraying Alaa Salah traveled the world. The young architect climbed atop a car and chanted her song “thwra”  condemning the fallen regime as the crowds cheered on.

 The image was shot by Lana Harun, who was at the protest. Lana posted the image on Twitter and it went viral.

Alaa Salah has been doing a great job raising awareness about the leading role of women in Sudan. 

This article is not about this image, it's about some other real-life stories of Sudanese women who are unsung heroes of this revolution. 

This picture comes with no name. It represents many women in Sudan.

It may seem like she is just participating in the protests. What you don't see in this image are all the horrors she is facing. She faces the bullets shot by the government militias and the danger of being caught by NISS agents who arrest women and abuse them in detention centers.

She is also defying the judgmental looks she may face from some people in Sudan for even participating in protests. 

This woman is every woman in Sudan who took part in this revolution. 

Not even blinking in the face of the guns.

In case you missed it- look at the top right area of this picture. You will see that this woman (unarmed) is protesting in the face of half a dozen armed regime forces who are carrying rifles and guns. 

They have orders to shoot to kill. She stands there defiantly. 

Have you seen the Bumban Catcher?

In this video, the government militias threw tear gas canisters at the protesters. Then a brave woman takes the tear gas canister (which is about to explode) and throws it back at them. 

The only word that comes to mind is Superwoman. She was dubbed the "Bumban Catcher" ( Bumban refers to tear gas in Sudanese).  

After the fall of the regime, the woman was identified as the brave Rifqa Abdel Rahman. 

Facing the explosive tear gas canisters.

Amani and Sameh pictured above are two protesters who have both suffered injuries that lead to them losing one eye during the protests. 

The government militias threw tear gas canisters at protesters at a very close range. When the canisters explode they injure the protesters' eyes. In many cases, such as these, one of the eyes had to be removed. 

Amani and Sameh are just two of the many who suffered injuries and are heroes of the revolution.

Sudanese women cracking down on security agents - through a facebook group !

Yes, you read that right. Unbelievable? 

A Facebook group that was initially started by a group of women in Sudan to find out information about their crushes started doing some serious work.

The group started with an easy concept: girls posted pictures of their crushes, and others in the group would share information about family members, ex-girlfriends or even wives and children! 

Then women started posting pictures of security agents who attacked or tortured them. Within minutes women in the group would bring in information: the agent's name, address, family members and where he/she works.

This women's group was able to expose many national security agents. Once their identities are exposed, security agents are chased down or even beaten by people in their neighborhoods.They are isolated from social events and sometimes they are forced to move out of the neighborhoods. 

Read more about this facebook group here:

We hope that this article helped shed some light on the powerful role of Sudanese women in the revolution. Sudanese women continue to show amazing courage, wit, and defiance every day.

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