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“He kept a rifle on our chest and…”: Rescued Indian from Sudan describes the horrific scene

Indians evacuated from violence-hit Sudan narrate their ordeal. He said that there was a lot of difficulty in arranging food everyday. Sharing his experience, one of the Indian nationals evacuated from Sudan told news agency ANI, “We were finding it very difficult to arrange food. This continued for 2-3 days.”

Clashes between the army and paramilitary forces continue in Sudan. There have been reports of violence even after the announcement of a 72-hour ceasefire. Sudan’s army chief is Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and his deputy, Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, heads the paramilitary Rapid Support Force (RSF). The struggle between these two organizations continues.

Another Indian told ANI, “The Rapid Support Forces (RSF) tent was set up near our company. At around 9 am the security forces barged into our company and ransacked us. They held us hostage for eight hours. They put rifles on our chests and robbed us. They took away our mobiles and money.”

The Indian national evacuated from Sudan said, “We got in touch with the embassy and asked them to arrange buses; as we had diesel. After that, the Indian Navy reached us.”

Both the army and the RSF have been allies in the past and they took over the country in the 2021 coup. Recently tensions have risen over the proposed integration of the RSF into the army. The current situation in Sudan is a power struggle for control of the country. Most of the fighting is taking place in the capital, Khartoum.

Apart from India, many countries including Britain, America, France and Saudi have evacuated their citizens from Sudan. According to Saudi Arabia, more than 150 people were evacuated and taken to Jeddah. 91 people from Saudi and 66 people from other countries including India were evacuated. France is also evacuating its people from there. Britain has evacuated its diplomats and their families from Sudan. Evacuation campaigns are going on for the countries whose people are trapped in the middle of the conflict there.

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