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The story of a martyr fallen in “army headquarters massacre”: how blood quenched the thirst of a village

“As he could not afford to bear the economic hardship during the last days of the
regime of ousted president Omer Al Bashir, he decided to leave his hometown,
village-11 of El Fao area, Gedaref State to the capital Khartoum, where he worked
in a dairy farm to earn so that he could complete the procedures needed to travel to
Saudi Arabia in search of work. When popular protests broke out against Al
Bashir’s regime, he quickly joined millions of youths of his generation peacefully
demanding freedom, peace and social justice. However, on the morning of 3 June
2019, the day a “massacre was committed to disperse protesters’ sit-in near the
army headquarters”, three bullets pierced his skinny body. His body – remained in
Bashaer mortuary for 69 days- was buried on the first day of Eid El Adha at El
Sahafa neighborhood cemetery”.

Ahmed Adlan

The martyr, Ahmed Adlan Mohamed El Zaki, 30, was born in a remote village in
Gedaref State, 251 km away from the capital Khartoum. He was brought up in a
poor family of five members, two brothers – 25 and 12. His father is a farmer and
his mother is a housewife. He had to discontinue his study to earn to sustain his
family.

His friend Anas told “Al Taghyeer Online” that Adlan was compelled to resort to
marginal occupations, but as economic conditions continued to deteriorate he made
up his mind to leave for Khartoum, his first stop before departing for the Kingdom
of Saudi Arabia.

The martyr was full of hope and love for life, patient and persistent. He was
hopeful of marrying the girl of his choice but poverty deprived him of the girl he
loved. His personal dreams did not prevent him from participating in 19 December
revolution that overthrew Al Bashir. With the day of “Eid” approaching, he
decided to spend the holiday with his comrades in the site of the sit-in, but three
treacherous bullets hit an essential part of his body. He was rushed to Fidail
hospital where he breathed his last. The death toll of the popular protest was put at
more than 246 including 127 people killed on 3 June during a bloody crackdown to

disperse a sit-in near the army headquarters, according to Sudan’s CentralCommittee of Doctors.
“After a difficult search lasted for more than two months in police stations and
hospitals, we have found the body of the martyr in Bashaer mortuary and it was
buried on the first day of Eid Al Adha,” the father of the martyr said. “Ahmed
departed without saying goodbye; he left us nothing other than the pain of his
loss”.

Despite the fact that the father has kept aloof from the processions and the million-
man marches organized by families of the martyrs from time to time, he affirmed
his adherence to the demand for accountability.

His friend Anas is astonished by the deliberate procrastination to identify the
culprits responsible for the sit-in dispersal and stressed the need for speedy
dispensation of justice for the victims of the sit-in breakup and to hold those
responsible accountable whatever the cost.
The Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources of the transitional government,
Yasir Abbas, has visited the family of the martyr and agreed to the establishment
of a water station in the village to be named after the martyr for the benefit of the
village residents who fetch drinking water from a canal and half of them contracted
Bilharzias.

According to engineer Rasha, who is following up the progress of implementation
of the water station after the approval of the Ministry of Finance, a team from the
ministry of irrigation arrived in the village and identified the location where the
station is to be established. Preparations are also ongoing to set up an electricity
transformer for the project prior to the installation of a water network in the village
the cost of which is estimated at SDG 400 million.

After six months from the incident of sit-in dispersal and the formation of two
investigation committees, families of the martyrs fear the blood of their sons might
be betrayed by way of shielding the real culprits responsible for the massacre,

particularly that fingers of suspicion are pointed to the Rapid Support Forces (RSF)
and their commander who is also the deputy chairman of the Sovereign Council,
Mohamed Hamdan, aka Hemetti. Other analysts point to the elements of the
defunct regime that infiltrated the RSF as responsible for the brutal massacre to
drive a wedge between the “revolutionary forces” and the “military partner
represented in the RSF”.

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