UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — As victims of a sit-in protest began pouring in on a hospital in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, many former patients begged to leave the hospital after being scared, confounding doctors.
Some of the militiamen who raided the pro-democracy sit-in surrounded Royal Care Hospital in Khartoum to hunt down protesters who had taken refuge in the building, deputy director of the hospital Dr. Mohammad Abdul Rahman said.
“People were crying and crying … they were begging to leave … while we were trying to deal with hundreds of people praying in a serious condition,” he told Reuters.
The opposition says 113 people were killed during the incursion into the sit-in camp on Monday and in a wider campaign that followed. The government says the death toll is 61, including three security forces.
The bloodshed dashed the hope that new military rulers in Sudan, who overthrew veteran leader Omar Hassan al-Bashir on April 11, would hand over power quickly to civilians.
After the outbreak of violence, the 100-bed hospital quickly declared full capacity but there were no options available to doctors.
300 people, either shot or beaten with batons or long wooden sticks, were in desperate need of treatment. The hospital was unable to cope with this difficult situation.
Obedient doctors and other staff worked around the clock without any breathing opportunity because their colleagues could not reach the largest private hospital in Sudan.
There are only 20 doctors in the hospital. In addition to their primary task of treating patients, they performed nursing and administrative duties until they cleaned the floors because there was no one else to do the job.
“I was very upset to be at home, but I could not do anything,” said Ramah Rahma, a senior administrative official at the hospital. “The roads are either closed or forced to return home because of the shooting.”
Six people died of gunshot wounds, and two of them died before reaching the hospital. But most people suffer from bone fractures and skin injuries with whips that leave long scars on their backs.
“They were beaten with batons mostly on the upper arms, shoulders and lower legs, especially on the ankle,” Abdul Rahman said.
He added that levels of tension reached a peak after the arrival of the rapid support forces in hundreds of trucks and formed a cordon around the hospital to search for protesters. Rapid support forces are accused of genocide in the war against rebels in Darfur.
Rapid support forces could not be reached for comment.
The Transitional Military Council said troops had a strong record in fighting terrorism and that there was a fabricated campaign on social media aimed at distorting its image.
– Brushed bones –
On Friday, there were no Rapid Support Forces troops in the vicinity of the hospital. Some were in a relaxed state sipping tea on the roadside outside the Ministry of Defense where hundreds of thousands of protesters were gathering to demand democracy.
Few, who once waved their fists in the air demanding radical change, were gathering garbage from the site of the former protest camp, where people from all walks of life gathered women, adolescents, doctors, accountants and vendors.
On Friday, there was little movement in the hospital. Some nurses stood quietly in their positions. The emergency room was empty. The laboratories were empty.
At the height of the crisis, when patients were in desperate need of medicine and other supplies, the only ambulance used in the hospital was the only vehicle available because doctors were afraid to target other vehicles.
“He has never ordered a similar experiment. I used to work in the army hospital. It was simple. ”
“He is treating a soldier and telling you he will go home. Here every patient wants to tell you his story but you have to move to another patient by your side.”
In one wing of the hospital, the victims lay on the beds while metal supports were placed in their legs and arms after being smashed by bullets.
Some spent their time in the sit-in area listening to opposition leaders talking or reading pictures of army officers executed on orders from Bashir. They had great hopes for a brighter future, until the shooting began on Monday.
Another patient, Mohamed Abdel Baqi, said he was not interested in politics and did not take part in the sit-in. It was in the market to buy clothes to celebrate the Eid al-Fitr.
“Security forces appeared and started shooting,” said the 22-year-old merchant. He said he was looking forward to moving to Saudi Arabia for a better life and that his decision had nothing to do with politics.
Some Sudanese are still looking for a better future for Sudan, despite the heavy price they are paying for civil rule.
At the end of the hospital wing, a university student said he hoped the security forces would stand with the Sudanese people. He made a strenuous effort to show the sign of victory as his hand was barely touching a metal bracket fixed in his leg.
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