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Rwanda evacuates nationals from Sudan

The Rwandan government on Tuesday announced the evacuation of its citizens and other nationals from Sudan as fierce fighting continues between the Sudanese army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces.

Rwanda has successfully evacuated 42 citizens from Sudan, including 32 Rwandans and 10 foreigners from five different countries on Tuesday, May 2, 2023, from Aswan in Egypt.

A statement by the Rwandan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said, “Today, the government of Rwanda successfully evacuated 42 people, including 32 Rwandans and 10 people of five different nationalities from Khartoum.’’

According to Clementine Mukeka, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the journey to evacuate Rwandans and foreigners from Sudan began on Tuesday, and the government first took them to Aswan city in Egypt from Khartoum before flying them to Kigali.

A warm welcome

The exercise was conducted through partnership between the Rwandan government, the embassy in Cairo, and the embassy in Khartoum.The group of 42 people arrived safely in Kigali, the Rwandan capital, aboard a chartered RwandAir flight from the city of Aswan in Egypt, it said.

It added that 10 other Rwandan nationals had returned home, while others were on their way to Rwanda with the support of friendly countries and international organisations. The citizens flown to Kigali include five Syrians, one Burundian, one Kenyan, two Ugandans, one Nigerian, and 32 Rwandans.

According the permanent secretary Mukeka, two Rwandans preferred to stay in Khartoum for personal reasons, but they will receive support where necessary.

The fighting in Sudan has reportedly killed over 500 people and left over 4,000 others wounded.

Author: MANZI


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