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Burning People Alive

Throwing boy in fire.

Source: Waging Peace Darfuri Children's Drawings. A boy being thrown onto an open fire alive.

Burning people alive was a means of torturing them so that they can neither oppose the government, nor stand up against the Arabized tribes. The burning was also intended to disable people so that they would have permanent scars to remind them to be subservient to the ruling elite in Sudan. Due to lack of an established hospital system, the attackers knew that when they burned people or parts of their bodies, these victims would rarely survive because burns need specialized treatment; and, if not well treated, the burn wounds would likely be infected and chances of the person surviving would significantly decrease.