Rogia al-Shafee – Sudanow
KHARTOUM – This is a strange story of changing fates and fortunes. It is demonstrable of the common wisdom that “if one sows seeds of evil, he is sure to harvest nothing but evil.” As related to Sudanow by Attorney Mustafa Mohammad Mustafa, it so happened that on a certain day, at the end of a certain month, towards the end of a certain year,*a car speeding on a main road hit a man about to enter a BMW Limousine sales agency to look for work.
Realizing the gravity of what he had done, the car driver sped out of the scene, leaving behind the victim who died immediately. But the police managed to take hold of him the same day and brought him to justice.
The deceased was evacuated to the morgue where nobody came forward to ask for or identify him. Three weeks later the police officer in charge of the case found a telephone number among papers the dead man was carrying and thought of giving it a try. He dialed the number and a female voice answered and gave information from which the officer could understand that she was the wife of the deceased. Without telling her anything the officer asked her where her husband was. She replied that he was absent from his home for over two weeks and she and her children knew nothing about his whereabouts and were waiting for him to return. The officer then hanged up without telling the woman about the fate of her husband.
Two days later he called again and told her what had happened. She broke into tears after she learned about what had happened. When she cooled down, the*officer asked her to send a kin of the deceased to follow the police case, but she told him they had no relatives in Khartoum who could do so. She told the officer the deceased had an uncle living in a remote district and he would not take this duty because he was not on good terms with them. Here the officer decided to take the responsibility all by him. He buried the deceased and stood in court for the woman and her children.
The court obliged the accused to pay blood money for his offence. But he continued to procrastinate, claiming that he was broke and unable to pay the blood money. Three months after the ruling he fetched a court document certifying that he was poor and does not have the sum. The document was signed by two witnesses who testified that he was incapable to pay the money. The court then wound up the case, obliging him to pay the money when able to.
Moved by the miserable conditions of the woman whose husband died while looking for work, the officer used to collect some money and send it to her. He also used to inform her about charities that could help.
Days passed and exactly one year after the incident, actually on the same date, the officer was on duty when a telephone call came in. Incidentally, it was the officer himself who replied the call, despite the presence of twenty other officers at the police station. The telephone caller reported a car accident in front of the same limosene sales agency. The officer rushed quickly to the place and found that a car had hit a man who had died on the spot. The deceased’s body was deformed too much and nobody could identify him. Searching in the papers found with the deceased, the officer was taken by an unbelievable surprise: The deceased was the same man who refused to pay the blood money to the widow and children of the man he had killed and tried to escape a year ago. He was hit dead, the same day and the same date and at the same place a year later. He was paid in kind and in the same way.
“Due to the enormity of surprise, I used to frequent the place several times a day. I measured the distance between the two accidents’ places to find a difference of just five meters. My surprise was further intensified when I learned that the killer in the second accident was about to enter the car agency to buy a new car, as was the killer in the first incident (who was killed now) was planning to do so as a check was found in his pocket”.
The officer then followed the case at court, telling the judge that the deceased was the same man who a year before pretended to be unable to pay the blood money to the family of the man he killed, and was on his way to buy a new car when he was killed.
Luckily, the accused in the second case was well-off and capable of paying the blood money. When the court ordered him to pay, he readily did so. Here the judge interfered, ordering the money to be paid to the poor widow and her children, by way of doing justice. So, the man who refused to pay the blood money when he was alive was made to pay it after his death!
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