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'Victims' health costs run into hundreds of thousands': Sept. protest committee

October 2 - 2015 KHARTOUM
Protesters burn tires amid the wave of unrest following the decision to lift fuel subsidies by the Sudanese government, 25 September 2013 in Khartoum (VOA)
Protesters burn tires amid the wave of unrest following the decision to lift fuel subsidies by the Sudanese government, 25 September 2013 in Khartoum (VOA)

The Committee of Solidarity with the victims of the September 2013 demonstrations in Khartoum said that the costs of the treatment of wounded demonstrators have exceeded $400,000.

According to the committee's latest inventory of the aftermath of the bloody street protests against the lifting of fuel subsidies in the Sudanese capital, more than SDG250,000 ($406,100) had to be paid for the treatments of the injured. 45 people have received treatment for a longer period of time. The amount was collected from Sudanese citizens, chairman Siddig Yousif told Radio Dabanga.

The death toll amounted to 147 people and more than 500 wounded, according to the committee.

“The doctors in all hospitals in the capital have refused to receive any amounts of money for conducting operations on the victims,” Yousif, also the leader of the Communist Party, claimed.

In August, President Omar Al Bashir directed the Ministry of Justice to compensate the families of the protest victims. A British and a French ambassador in Khartoum welcomed the decision but noted that justice cannot be achieved by financial measures only.

They called upon the Sudanese government to conduct an independent investigation into the September protests, after visiting more than a dozen families on 26 September. A senior official of the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) denounced their action as “inappropriate diplomatic behaviour”.


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