Opinion

Dagalo Markets (1)

As I see
Adil Al-Baz
Throughout their lives, the Sudanese knew “thieves’ markets,” which were markets that were widespread on the peripherals of cities and were usually frequented by thieves and those who demanded cheap goods. Buyers would go to them timidly, eavesdropping, fearing to be seen by someone who knew them. In that virtuous time, it was completely shameful to be seen in those places. You can also see people lined up in front of the prostitute houses that were clearly opening their doors in the heart of the city, standing in rows (May Mercy of God descend on your grave, O Abu Ajj (Numeiri)).
One of the most important characteristics of these many markets is that they display old goods, and it is often rare to find new goods, just as those markets have single merchandise. The thieves of that time stole in retail and quickly sold their stolen goods in retail as well. This is a big difference between those markets and the newly opened Dagalo markets in the heart of the capital, and there is a big difference between the thieves of those markets and the Janjaweed Kesiba (Plunderers), and you will learn more about the differences in the body of the article.
When and how did Dagalo markets arise? Recent and strange history says that these markets were opened in the first month of the Janjaweed aggression and their war that they waged against the Sudanese people of all sects. This happened for the first time in all previous rebellions when wars were only fought between the rebels and the army, but this war was waged by the rebels against the army and the people. At the same time, the goal of waging war on the army was to steal power, while the goal of the war on the people was to “loot” everything from them up to date.
The Janjaweed Kesiba has failed so far in plundering power, but they succeeded with distinction in their second goal, as they were able with extraordinary ability to steal everything that came into their sinful hands. I bear witness that they were very fair in the plundering campaigns that they carried out and are continuing, as they treated the poor and the rich equally in plundering, and equated between the residents of the villages, the poor people and the owners of the high-rise buildings in Kafouri and Khartoum 2, as a prelude and introduction to the state of justice and democracy that they are working to consolidate with the participation of (Taqadum), and this is one of the features of the omens of the coming Kingdom of Dagalo/Taqadum.  O people, how we are promised for the new era.!!
 After the (revolutionaries/ Kesiba) succeeded in achieving their second goal, collecting countless amounts of money, gold, and everything that was light in weight or expensive, and shipped it on the back of stolen vehicles to distant cities, there remained a lot of spoils that they had taken from their war against the citizens, and it was not economically feasible to travel all those long distances. The Kesiba, the Janjaweed revolutionaries, thought of internal solutions and established markets within the areas they control in the capital, with the aim of selling these spoils in declared and known markets so that they can be disposed of quickly to continue the mission of fighting to steal power and seek to share what remains for the citizen.
Indeed, the genius idea was implemented and the name was carefully chosen, Dagalo Market… what an attractive name, a commercial brand that cannot be competed even by Howards Markets in London, and it was opened under the patronage and protection of the military commanders and regional commanders who have a share in the spoils.
Since then, these markets began marketing all the goods stolen from warehouses, all the equipment that was stolen from hospitals, all the equipment that was stolen from factories, and all the furniture, wardrobe, clothes, even underwear, displayed in the markets of Dagalo (what is there).  In short, everything stolen is on display.  These markets expanded in various areas of the capital, and people began to frequent them clearly, buying and selling with enthusiasm, and talking about the cheapness and quality of the goods, and even their newness. This is an important difference between them and the thieves’ markets, whose goods were known to be old, but in the markets of Dagalo, the Kesiba of the Janjaweed looted from the factories and merchants’ shops.  Therefore, their goods are characterized by novelty and cheap prices. “As they have not exerted early morning labor to earn them”
To be continued.

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