City Press | ‘If he’s not dead then finish him off’

Sudanese film maker Hajooj Kuka lay on the dusty street as blood gushed from a head wound inflicted by a member of Sudan’s Rapid Support Forces on Monday. 

Members of the force went on the rampage, shooting dead more than 100 pro-democracy demonstrators in the capital Khartoum. 

As the cut was directly above his right eye, the blood trickled across his face, partially blinding him as he lay motionless on the dusty street.

“Is he dead?” asked one of the unit’s members. “If he’s not then finish him off,” another added. 

This was Kuka’s first-hand account. 

He spoke to City Press from Khartoum yesterday, and recounted his harrowing ordeal at the hands of the Rapid Support Forces who were attempting to quash the revolution which has been going on for months in Sudan.

Among the dead were women and children, making this the worst massacre of civilians since the ousting of dictator Omar al-Bashir nearly two months ago.

On the day, soldiers from Sudan’s ruling military junta opened fire on a sit-in camp in the heart of Khartoum.

“On Monday morning we had heard there was going to be an attack on the sit-in camp,” he said.

The sit-in camp is a pro-democracy protest, which broke out on December 19 last year following a series of demonstrations in several Sudanese cities, as a result of the rising cost of living and deteriorating economic conditions at all levels of society, among other things.

The protests quickly turned from demands for urgent economic reforms into calls for then president Al-Bashir to step down, which he was forced to do by the military on April 11. 

The sit in, however, continued as citizens demanded transition of power from the military to civilian rule – a call that still has not been heeded.

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