Ex-detainee Story: 3

This account was originally posted on the web board Sudanese Online in Arabic (original Arabic version can be found at the bottom of post). It was written by Abdelwahab A.E. , who witnessed these events first-hand. 

One of my web board friends called me on Sunday and informed me that his son was being held at one of the police stations in Bahri after being arrested at last Friday’s protests. I dropped everything and went with him. I was powerless, yet compelled to go help get him out and try to figure out a solution to the mess he was in.

The officer in charge informed us that he, along with the other detainees, would be transported shortly to a Public Order court in Bahri, near the national cinema. So we headed there, as did a large number of family members of other detainees.

We waited for a while until a truck arrived carrying around 120 people, all in their twenties. Inside the courthouse, 4 judges were awaiting them.

We noticed a little boy get off the truck – he looked to be about 11 years old; he was crying, and stumbling as he walked. At first, we assumed him to be ill. A man asked him:

“What’s wrong with you, boy?”
“The police arrested me for no reason”
“What do you mean they arrested you for no reason? Weren’t you at the protests?”
“I was on my way from AlDuroshab on my way to my grandmother’s house in Hillat Hamad when they arrested me”
“Why are you stumbling around like that? Are you sick?”
“I’m hungry, i haven’t had anything to eat since Friday”
“They didn’t give you food?”
“No”
“Who from your family is here today?”
“No one. My parents think I’m in Hillat Hamad, and my grandmother didn’t know i was coming, so they weren’t expecting me”

My friend ran and got him a sandwich from a nearby shop. The man who was asking him the questions decided to post bail for him and, despite the judge’s persistence, took him home to his family.

The boy’s name is Hussam, from alDoroshab, and was born in 2001.

Arabic Version:

        إتصل بي صباح اليوم أحد أصدقائي من بورداب الخرطوم وأخبرني بأن إبنه
      موجود بإحدى حراسات شرطة بحري بعد أن تم القبض عليه في مظاهرات الجمعة الفائتة،
      طبعاً تركت الوراي والقدامي ولحقت به … لا حول ولا قوة لي إنما ذهبت لاكابره وأسرّي عنه ولنتفاكر ماذا نفعل …
      أخبرنا الضابط المسئول أنهم سيرحلون بعد قليل إلى محكمة النظام العام بالخرطوم بحري جوار السينما الوطنية .. فذهبنا إلى هناك مع نفر غير قليل من أهالي المقبوض عليهم ..
      وانتظرنا زمن ليس بالقصير .. قبل أن تأتي “الدفارات” تحمل حوالي 120 فرد أغلبهم في العشرينات من العمر .. وينتظرهم داخل قاعة المحكمة اربعة قضاة .
      ..
      لفت نظرنا طفل في الحادية عشر نزل من الدفار وهو يبكي ويترنح في المشي حسبناه مريض بادئ الأمر .
      فبادر أحد الحضور بسؤاله : مالك يا ولد ؟
      فرد الطفل : ناس البوليس ديل قبضوني ساي .
      ساله الرجل : كيف يعني قبضوك ساي ما كنت في المظاهرات ؟
      رد الطفل : انا كنت جاي من الدروشاب وماشي أبيت مع ناس حبوبتي في حلة حمد قاموا قبضوني .
      – بترتح مالك عيان ؟
      – أنا جيعان من يوم الجمعة ما اكلت حاجة .
      – ما كانوا بدوكم أكل ؟
      – لا
      – هسي في منو من أهلك هنا ؟
      – مافي زول من أهلي هنا ناس ابوي قايلني في حلة حمد وناس حلة حمد ما عارفني جاييهم .
      ____
      أسرع صديقي البوردابي إلى مطعم مجاور وأحضر للطفل بعض الماكولات .
      وقام الرجل الذي كان يسائله بضمانته (رغم تعنت القاضي) واخذه معه في سيارته بعد أن تعرف على أهله
      وذلك إلى حين مثوله أمام هيئة القضاة الموقرين يوم 10 يوليو 2012

2001 وأخيراً الطفل أسمه حسام من مواطني الدروشاب ومن مواليد

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