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Bombing Hanan

via 3AYIN — Hanan Alam-Edeen was working on her farm in Abu-Laila village in South Kordofan, when she looked up and saw an Antonov jet in the sky.

She dropped her work and ran with her children to hide under a nearby palm tree. The jet dropped several bombs on the village, destroying homes and farms. Shrapnel from the bomb ripped through Hanan’s arm.

Nuba Reports’ journalist Abdu Ibrahim arrived at the scene and saw Hanan lying in the field with a gaping hole in her arm, gushing blood. Her white shirt was torn and spattered red. A group of men from her village put her on a makeshift stretcher and – each grabbing an end -carried her to a small cottage that serves as the area’s only medical center.

The cottage has a thatched roof, and a mud floor. There are no tools for surgery, nor an operating table. With the help of a nurse, Dr. Abdelraziq Ismael treated Hanan. He cleaned her wound, cutting away dead skin and pulling out bits of shrapnel. The procedure was painful; she pressed her lips together, but did not cry. They applied ointment and wrapped the major wound in her right arm, and a smaller one on her hand, in clean gauze.

With very few hospitals and clinics in the Nuba Mountains, this is the best treatment many bombing victims will receive.
Dr. Ismael said he has seen many of these types of cases. “Antonov jets hit many innocent people like this women, Hanan. She is an innocent woman who works in agriculture and when the jet came she was working in the field and got wounded. What the reason behind that?” he asked. “We don’t know why the air force attacks agricultural areas, and kills farmers. They [the civilians] are the targets, not soldiers.”

Since April 2012, 1512 bombs have been dropped on civilians in South Kordofan. SAF planes have dropped 164 bombs so far in 2014.

Hanan said she was unable to feel what had happened to her after the attack, it was only when she was brought to the clinic that she began to feel the pain. After being treated, she lay in the clinic with her arm covering her eyes. As she rested, the doctor and assistant cleaned the scissors and tweezers with antiseptic.

 

** The story and video above were republished with permission from 3ayin.com, an alternative Sudanese news source covering the conflicts across the country.

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