Written by by Dae Hemal, CNN
A Sudanese journalist who escaped the country from a month-long hunger strike says that he and more than 20 other people are in intensive care following security forces’ “massive shooting” Sunday.
Protests are taking place in Sudan’s capital Khartoum, Khartoum and the capital Juba over the death of a 13-year-old boy, El-Din Mohammed Aamir, on April 10 who died after being in an anti-government demonstration.
Malak Ibrahim, who said he stayed up all night in the hospital and that he and 20 others were hospitalized with gunshot wounds, believes the government is instigating “mass shootings.”
Police arrested Ibrahim on Saturday following a prayer rally in Khartoum on behalf of El-Din, he said.
Police have not responded to CNN’s request for comment on Sunday’s incident.
Protests in the capital and other cities, including in Omdurman, El-Obeid, Mingani, Ismael, El-Damazin, Jaziriya, Shadwe, Nuba Mountains, Blue Nile, Jabeline, El Hege’s, El Mahab, El Gezira, West Kassala, South Darfur, Serweid, and West Kordofan, were on Sunday organized by Sudanese civil society groups.
Student activist El-Din Mohammed Ali Mohammad El-Mahdi has been critical of the Sudanese government for months over its crackdown on anti-government protests and other political dissent, according to his father, Abdul-Rahman El-Mahdi.
The father told CNN via Whatsapp message that El-Mahdi had been arrested several times by security forces, which this time forced him to flee the country. He was in West Darfur on Friday when he escaped in a group.
CNN cannot independently verify El-Mahdi’s account.
“This is beyond traditional autocratic or fascist regimes,” Abdel-Rahman El-Mahdi said. “The security forces took him in one afternoon and then left him alone for an hour,” he said.
“This is the fourth time that he is arrested by the Sudanese regime and now they detain him in a prison. They are trying to separate people according to religious and social beliefs and are separating Sudanese children, ethnic and nationalities from each other to set the platform for them to be targeted.”
El-Mahdi, the father said, is currently in Bida South, a town some 400 kilometers from Khartoum, but adds that he does not know when he will be able to reunite with his son.
Conflict in South Kordofan and Blue Nile, two provinces in Sudan’s west, have escalated in recent months. Khartoum has said that the state is fighting militias it accuses of having foreign agendas.
Thousands of people have died in the conflict. Most are civilians, the United Nations says.