This iconic photo from anti-government protests in Sudan has gone viral

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A photo of a young woman chanting during a massive anti-government protest in Sudan has gone viral. The women are playing an important part in the movement and the photo of 22-year-old Alaa Salah has now become an iconic image highlighting the role of women in the anti-government protests in the impoverished African nation.

On Monday, many people came out on the streets of Sudan’s capital Khartoum calling for the resignation of President Omar al-Bashir. The viral photo of Salah was captured by a local photographer named Lana Haroun. In the photo, Salah can be seen on top of a car surrounded by hundreds of people with her arm raised in the air, finger pointed toward the sky.

The image went viral within no time with many people lauding the strong role played by Sudanese women in demonstrations against president Bashir. Several social media users claimed that Salah’s photo is nothing less than historic.

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