Archive: December, 1987

ON BEING A FIFTH COLUMNIST

SUDAN TIMES

ON BEING A FIFTH COLUMNIST

 

 

[Essentially this piece was a response to articles in the Islamic National Front newspapers accusing me, among others, of being a ‘fifth columnist’ (‘taboor khamis’) for the Sudan People Liberation Movement (SPLM) fighting in southern Sudan]

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Someone must have falsely denounced me, for without having done anything wrong, I was accused one day of being a ‘fifth columnist’.  At first I didn’t take the matter seriously for the simple reason that I didn’t know what being a ‘fifth columnist’ meant, although for some inexplicable reason the term was vaguely associated in my mind with the Olympic Games.  I shrugged off the matter as yet another exercise in character assassinations that had recently gained currency in the local tabloids.  Besides, I had no undue reasons for concern.  A lot of people had been accused of more serious crimes (like being ‘advisers’ to the deposed ‘Rais’) and had either escaped retribution altogether or were given optional residence in Koper prison in conditions that rivaled the best five-star hotels.  (Note: many NIF leaders were allies of former ‘President’ Numayri).

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