International students trapped in Sudan face gunfire and explosions
Date: April 28, 2023
Students from different countries who are studying at the International University of Africa are trapped on campus with no water, electricity, or food. Amidst the continuing conflict between the Sudanese army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces, they are confronting gunfire and bomb blasts.
The trapped students belong to countries including Egypt, Nigeria, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Chad, South Sudan, and Somalia. They are unable to leave the country as the Sudanese army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces have been fighting each other since April 15. Imran, a Nigerian student who is studying medicine and surgery at the International University of Africa, stated that they have been waiting for buses to take them to the Egyptian border for five days, but there is no sign of help. The students are hearing gunshots and bomb explosions, and they are stranded with no water, food, or electricity. They are helpless and scared as the shops are closed, and some are sick and hungry. Abubakar Sadiq, another student at the International University of Africa, reported that fighter jets are flying above their heads and dropping bombs near the campus.
Despite a three-day ceasefire that was due to end on Thursday night, the students reported that they are still facing gunfire and explosions. The ceasefire has been extended for another 72 hours. According to Imran, a Nigerian student was attacked by strangers when he went outside on Wednesday night.
Around 5,000 international students who are trapped in Sudan are Nigerians, and the Nigerian government has made plans to evacuate 3,500 students from the country. However, approximately 2,000 students are still stranded due to disputes between the drivers of the buses and the Nigerian authorities regarding payment.
Conclusion: International students are facing a dire situation in Sudan, with no access to basic necessities, amid fighting between the Sudanese army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces. The ceasefire has been extended for another 72 hours, and the Nigerian government is making efforts to evacuate their citizens.
Attribution: This news is based on the article written by the PIE INTERNATIONAL.
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CTA: The situation in Sudan is dire, and international students are suffering. To help, you can donate to organizations that support refugees and internally displaced persons in Sudan.