Khartoum, Sudan- (African Boulevard News) – A total of 41 South Africans who had been trapped by warfare in Sudan left the capital Khartoum on Monday afternoon on two buses in a precarious journey to the Egyptian border to the north, arranged by the South African government. The rescue operation was a ‘multi-SA government department’ effort that included assistance from the Gift of the Givers, according to Imtiaz Sooliman.
The South Africans were caught in the conflict zone in Sudan, and several missed the bus due to communication problems and danger in Khartoum. However, Sooliman assured that he was trying to arrange another bus for them on Tuesday. The fate of several South Africans interviewed by Daily Maverick last week is still unknown.
The Perilous Journey
The buses carrying the 41 South Africans and seven Angolans were on the road to Egypt in two buses owned by a Sudanese bus company called Good Transport. The journey is dangerous, and the South Africans have no armed escort, unlike the US diplomats who were evacuated by their military over the weekend.
Concerns have been raised over the safety of the South Africans during their journey, but Sooliman confirmed that the different armed groups along the way were not interfering with the foreigners. He expressed confidence that the travellers would make it safely to their destination.
The Ongoing Conflict in Sudan
The South Africans were caught in the conflict between government forces and rebels in Sudan, which has been ongoing for several weeks. The situation has resulted in the displacement of thousands of people and the closure of several border crossings.
The conflict has caused widespread concern among foreign nationals in Sudan, with many countries evacuating their citizens. The South African government has been working around the clock to rescue its citizens from the conflict zone.
The Role of Gift of the Givers
Gift of the Givers, which is South Africa’s largest disaster response organization, has been assisting the South African government in its rescue efforts. The organization has been on the ground in Sudan, providing support and assistance to South African citizens caught up in the conflict.
Imtiaz Sooliman, the founder of Gift of the Givers, has been working closely with the South African government, coordinating the evacuation of South African citizens. The organization has been providing vital support to the South Africans, including food, water, and shelter.
Hope For The Remaining South Africans
The fate of the remaining 29 South Africans is still unknown, but the South African government, with the help of Gift of the Givers, is doing everything in its power to locate and rescue them. The South African embassy in Sudan is also providing assistance to its citizens, and the government is in constant communication with them.
The rescue mission of the trapped South Africans in Sudan is ongoing. The South African government, with the help of Gift of the Givers, is doing everything in its power to bring all of its citizens home safely. The situation in Sudan remains volatile, and the South African government has advised all its citizens to leave the country immediately.