"They were taken to another NISS centre and I didn’t see them again"
My friends and I were driving to Omdourman to take part in a demonstration there. The road we were on had been blocked off by NISS agents who told us to find an alternative route. I wanted to take photos with my mobile phone but the NISS agents spotted me and snatched the phone out of my hands. They dragged me out of the car and started hitting me. I still have the bruises on my back. They put me in one of their vans and drove me to the NISS premises. But I don’t know where I was taken because I was blindfolded during the journey.It was around 3.30pm and I was with about fifty other people who had also been arrested. They took my camera, my phone, and my money and the interrogation began at 7pm. They wanted the passwords to my email and Facebook accounts. They asked me what I had been doing that day, and whether I was a photographer or one of the demonstration’s organisers. I replied that I was neither. I wasn’t hurt or threatened, and they let me go at around midnight.Some of the people I was with were taken to another location. I don’t know where they went and I didn’t see them again.Nobody has threatened me since but I think that my phone calls are being monitored. A friend of mine told me that when he calls me the dial tone is different than before. But I’m not going to stop taking part in demonstrations because I believe that Sudan deserves a better government than the current regime.
"We don’t know where these ‘ghost houses’ are, but they are torturing prisoners there."
I was arrested twice last week for taking part in demonstrations in front of Khartoum University. I was taken to a NISS centre, where I was interrogated for several hours. The security agents accused me of treason. They threatened and insulted me because I’m an activist.NISS is trying to spread fear among the people. They’re accusing people of espionage or treason. They’re blackmailing people, threatening to hurt their families or see to it that they lose their jobs. Those who are detained are taken to ‘ghost houses’. Nobody knows the exact location of these buildings but there are a lot of them. Inmates are tortured there, both physically and psychologically. [The accounts of several other Sudanese demonstrators, cited by AFP, corroborate the existence of ghost houses. Amnesty International was made aware of these unofficial detention centres during a violent government crackdown on student demonstrations in 2006.]Being arrested was very traumatic. I don’t feel safe. I believe that my phone is being tapped and that my movements are being monitored. I’ve stopped going to demonstrations. But I hope the Sudanese revolution continues and succeeds in bringing down the current regime.Crowds gather outside of Khartoum University on June 17. Video posted on YouTube by nero sudan.