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Detained eastern Sudan activist on hunger strike against poor treatment

January 11 - 2019 EL GEDAREF
A poster currently being circulated on social media for the release of Jaafar Khidir who was detained for unknown reasons on January 8, 2019 (RD)
A poster currently being circulated on social media for the release of Jaafar Khidir who was detained for unknown reasons on January 8, 2019 (RD)

An activist in El Gedaref in eastern Sudan who has been arrested multiple times started a hunger strike because he is not allowed by the security apparatus to see a doctor.

Activist Jaafar Khidir was detained in El Gedaref town on Tuesday. His family said in a statement that members of the security apparatus apprehended him and brought him to one ot its detention offices. “They left him sitting in his weelchair for hours, which resulted in a severe pain in his spine,” the family said.

The activist and founder of the Sunrise Cultural Centre in El Gedaref has been arrested more than once. His relatives do not know the reason for his arrest on Tuesday.

Because of his poor health, not being allowed to see a doctor, and not being provided a bathroom for people with special needs, Khidir started a hunger strike.

The family demanded in their statement that the security service should release him. They will hold them responsible in the case of any harm.


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