Thousands Attend Funeral of Enforced Disappearance Victim

On Wednesday, thousands of Sudanese mourned Mohamed Ismail, an enforced disappearance victim whose body was identified in one of Khartoum’s morgues with signs of torture.


Khartoum: AlTaghyeer

Mohamed Ismail “Wad Aker”, an activist in al-Jiraif East Resistance Committee, disappeared back in the third of April.

His disappearance came after he had attended a periodically organized silent vigil held in front of the martyrs’ murals on Nile Street in Khartoum, to demand retribution for the sit-in dispersal victims.

The funeral procession began from at-Tamayuz Hospital in central Khartoum to the cemeteries in al-Jiraif, east of Khartoum.

Calls for Escalation

For its part, the resistance committee gave the authorities 3 days to hand over those involved in the killing of Wad Aker, and announced the blockade of one of the main bridges in the capital, (al-Mansheya), for 3 days.

The Committee also called for the start of a revolutionary escalation in case their demand was not implemented.

Thousands gathered in front of the al-Tamayuz morgue, including activists and human rights defenders, hours before Wad Aker’s funeral.

The autopsy confirmed that Wad Aker, the enforced disappearance victim, died as a result of torture. The mourners demanded justice and chanted for retribution for all martyrs of December Revolution.

The Committee’s statement accused all the security services, including the army, the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) and the police.

The statement demanded that those it described as complicit in deliberately preventing the course of justice be held accountable.

The statement fingered the morgue director, the Forensic Evidence Department, the prosecutor who investigates the forcibly disappeared persons’ cases, the head of the Burri Police Station, and the army force located near the Blue Nile Bridge linking the cities of Khartoum and Bahri.

It also stressed that if the three-day deadline elapsed, and their demands were not yet implemented, the escalation would gradually spread to all areas.

They called on the “revolutionaries” and the resistance committees to prepare for mass sit-ins, to “shake the government”, as the statement described.

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