Doctor detained in Sudan after criticising army for diverting aid

A Sudanese doctor who criticised the army for diverting aid from the World Health Organization to a hospital it has converted into a barracks has been arrested by intelligence officers.

Alaaeldin Nugud, a surgeon who is well known locally, was taken from his home in Omdurman’s al-Manar neighbourhood on Saturday. He had previously told the Saudi-owned al-Hadath TV station about how aid was being diverted by the army from those who needed it.

“A WHO shipment arrived in Port Sudan and the army got hold of it,” Nugud said. “They took it to the army hospital in Omdurman, but when doctors arrived to transport it to other facilities they were denied entry.” He said doctors were told the hospital had become a barracks.

Nugud’s wife, Ridab Idres, who has fled to Egypt with their daughter, said he was taken by armed plainclothes officers and that his younger brother was beaten up. “They took all his library, computer, an iPad, mobile phone and him,” she said, adding that she believed he was being targeted because of his activism.