A powerhouse American doctor has been killed in Sudan.
"Bound to Sudan by ailing parents and his devotion to treating the poor there, American doctor Bushra Ibnauf Sulieman kept working as long as he could after fighting engulfed Sudan’s capital," reported the Washington Examiner.
"For days after battles between two rival Sudanese commanders erupted in Khartoum on April 15, the 49-year-old Sulieman treated the city’s wounded," the Examiner reported. "He and other doctors ventured out as explosions shook the walls of homes where Khartoum’s people cowered inside. Gunfire between the two factions battling for control resounded in the streets."
Sulieman, a United States born gastroenterologist, said, "Say, 'Nothing will happen to us except what God has decreed for us,'"
These words were one of his last messages to worried friends on Facebook last week, as fighting persisted.
"And in God let the believers put their trust," Sulieman said.
Sulieman decided to make the dangerous escape effort from Sudan’s capital with his parents, American wife and his two American children. That morning, war found Sulieman.
"In the wholesale looting that has accompanied fighting in the capital, Khartoum, a city of 5 million, a roving band of strangers surrounded him in his yard Tuesday, stabbing him to death in front of his family. Friends suspect robbery was the motive. He became one of two Americans confirmed killed in Sudan in the fighting, both dual nationals," according to the Examiner.
Mohamed Eisa, a friend of Sulieman and a Sudanese doctor who practices in the Pittsburgh said, "Over the years, sometimes I asked him, 'Bushra, what are you doing here? What are you doing in Sudan?'"
"He always says to me, 'Mohamed, listen — yes, I love living in the United States ... but the United States health care system is very strong,' and one doctor more or less won’t make a difference," Eisa said.
Sulieman would Eisa, "In Sudan, everything I do has so much impact on so many lives, so many students and so many medical professionals."