Center Surviving Hell: Stories of Stranded Indians in War-Torn Sudan

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“The bodies of those who perished in the gunfire and bombings are still lying on the roads, with stray dogs feeding on the remains,” said 55-year-old Ranjan, describing Sudan’s capital Khartoum as a living hell.

Ranjan, a resident of Shivamogga in Karnataka, was one of over 180 individuals from his community who were stranded in Sudan due to the violent internal power struggle that has plagued the country since mid-April. He arrived in Saudi Arabia on Thursday after being stuck in Sudan.

Recounting his experience, Ranjan shared that he had been living peacefully in Khartoum selling herbal oils until April 15 when sudden violence erupted. He and his family members were forced to hide from the constant firing and bombings, witnessing the gruesome violence unfolding around them.

During the fighting, only a few members of the group would venture out to procure food and water, while the rest anxiously awaited their return, fearing for their safety.

After the Indian government initiated rescue operations, Ranjan and his group managed to contact the embassy, which arranged for their evacuation to Port Sudan and eventually to Saudi Arabia. He expressed gratitude towards the government for their assistance.

Meanwhile, Prabhu S, another member of the Hakki Pikki community, remains trapped in Al Fashir, facing continued violence and hardship. Despite the Indian embassy’s instructions to relocate to Khartoum, Prabhu and others fear for their lives due to the ongoing firing and lack of resources.

Similarly, Suresh Dharamsingh, stuck in Al Junaynah, expressed his fear of stepping outside due to the ongoing violence. He highlighted the dire situation faced by him and 17 others, pleading for immediate help to ensure their safety and well-being.

The stories of Ranjan, Prabhu, and Suresh shed light on the struggles faced by Indian nationals caught in the midst of conflict in Sudan, emphasizing the urgent need for assistance and evacuation to ensure their safety and survival.

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