Add comment January 14th, 2011 Headsman
On this date in 2010, six men from war-torn southern Sudan were hanged in Khartoum’s Kober prison for a deadly 2005 riot.
The protracted north-south Sudanese civil war had only just abated with a tenuous peace treaty earlier in 2005, when Sudanese security surrounded the refugee camp-cum-suburb of Soba Aradi outside Khartoum in May 2005 in a sudden bid to forcibly resettle its predominantly southern population.
The resulting riots burned down a police station and claimed around 13 policemen’s lives, along with many civilians.
“We were forced to protest when a police officer shot a seven year old boy three times in the head”, said Mr. Mile Michael, a South Sudanese living in the area since 1986.
Following the death of the young boy, the slum dwellers burnt down the police office in the area killing some of the officers with machetes and knives in a revenge attack. “We all participated in the burning of the police office because they deceived us that they would support us in resisting the soldiers but they were the first to kill our children, so we were willing to sacrifice ourselves for our children.”
Sudan’s north-south sectional conflict is the backdrop to this month’s election, which might set the south on a path to political independence from the north.
On this day..
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- 1528: Leonhard Schiemer, Anabaptist pacifist - 2016
- 1876: Michael DeHay, in fire and maddened frenzy - 2015
- 1730: Neither James Prouse nor James Mitchel, much to their surprise - 2014
- 1864: Five Virginia City road agents - 2013
- 1887: Thomas Cluverius, Richmond murderer - 2012
- 1772: Susanna Margaretha Brandt, Faust inspiration - 2010
- 1879: James McDonnell and Charles Sharpe - 2009
- 2005: Nguyen Van Van - 2008