When the protests began, Sarah Mouawia was arrested by Sudan’s secret police and imprisoned for four days in a covert “ghost house” known as the Refrigerator because of its permanently bone-chilling temperatures.
The police taunted her and beat her brutally with a stapler. It slowed her down only briefly.
For the past six months, the 20-year-old medical student has kept marching for democracy, despite the terrifying dangers that she faced. In early June, she took refuge in a hospital operating theatre to escape a massacre that killed more than 100 protesters in Khartoum. Last Sunday, at the latest marches, she crawled through a ditch to avoid the bullets of security forces who opened fire on the demonstrators.
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