Four Zambians have just departed the Republic of Sudan with the help of their employers as a result of the recent unrest there.
While the remaining 18 people, who are in the impacted regions, are being watched over and are safe by the Zambian Embassy there, the other eight people who are in the security wings are in a safe area.
The Sudanese Rapid Support Forces recently, on April 15, this year, proclaimed authority of the presidential palace, the international airport in Khartoum, as well as the airports in the western Sudanese cities of El-Obeid and Merowe in the north.
Conflicts broke out in the Central area of Khartoum and the Northern region of Sudan as a result of rising tensions between the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) over the pathway to civilian administration.
30 Zambians are living in the Republic of Sudan, according to a statement from Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Stanley Kakubo, and all are secure.
“The Ministry wishes to inform the Nation that there are 30 known Zambian nationals residing in Sudan, consisting of eight Peacekeepers from the Zambia Army and Zambia Police Service, six university students, and 16 employees of various International Organisations, including the United Nations. The Zambians are domiciled across several cities in Sudan, namely Khartoum, Abyei, Gadaref, Kosti, and Darfur,” he said.
Four of the thirty Zambians living in Sudan, according to Mr. Kakubo, have now departed for a safer location with the assistance of their respective employers, while the eight officers from the security wings are in a secure location.
The Zambian Embassy in Addis Abeba, which is in charge of Sudan, has maintained contact with the eighteen who are still missing, according to a statement he made.
“The Embassy confirms that the Zambians are in high spirits and will continue to check on all Zambian nationals in that country,” he said.
Mr Kakubo added that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation remains actively seized of this matter and pledges to keep the public updated on any further developments.