Sunday, May 14, 2023

88,000 Cross Sudan-Egypt Borders as Two more Egyptians Die in Generals' War "updated"

According to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), over 88,873 people have crossed the Sudan-Egypt borders, mainly through the Argeen crossing, with 83,578 of them being Sudanese and 5,115 of other nationalities from 15 April to 13 May. 

Sudanese women, children, and individuals aged over 50 with valid passports and yellow vaccine cards can enter Egypt without a visa, but men aged between 16 and 49 years old must apply for visas at the Egyptian embassy or consulate.

The Argeen crossing between Egypt and Sudan after the war by AFP's Khaled Desouki
The Argeen crossing between Egypt and Sudan after the war by AFP's Khaled Desouki

The Egyptian embassy has been relocated in Khartoum after the tragic death of its staff member Mohamed El-Gharawy in April. There is a consular office in Wadi Hafla that can’t meet the high demand for visas.

There is also a consulate in Port Sudan.

With high demand, obtaining visas is taking a long time.

This is why over 300 activists from Sudan and the rest of the world launched an online petition requesting the Egyptian government to Waive entry requirements for Sudanese and non-Sudanese nationals fleeing the conflict.

There is a demand to waive the visa requirement for Sudanese men ages 16 to 49 and the requirement to carry a valid Sudanese passport.

The activists requested the Egyptian government to Expedite exceptional procedures to allow entry for those with temporary travel documents issued by Sudanese border authorities.

They also demanded the Egyptian government allow those with non-Sudanese passports, including those with Sudan- and UNHCR-issued refugee documents, to seek asylum in Egypt.

Sign the petition if you believe it's the right thing to do.

You can also donate to emergency aid.

The UNHCR estimates that $445 million is needed to provide aid to the growing number of Sudanese refugees who have fled to neighbouring countries, including Egypt.

Over 2,400 Sudanese have already reached out to UNHCR in Egypt to seek refugee status.

Egypt currently hosts the largest number of Sudanese refugees, who have spent nearly 36 hours on the road from Khartoum.

I believe the world must help the Sudanese people in Egypt and other neighbouring countries of Sudan.

It is the least the world can do until the two generals, who are supposedly in a truce thanks to Saudi Arabia and the United States, can resolve their differences.

I read that the US threatened Hemedti with sanctions against him and his gold companies, which is why he accepted the fragile truce.

Egypt Loses More People in Sudan

The death toll of Egyptians in Sudan's war of the two generals has increased to four after the recent passing of Egyptian doctors Magdalene and Magda Youssef.

According to Sudanese activists, the two Egyptian women, who were in their late 50s, were killed after a missile struck their house in Omdurman where they lived and worked for so many years.

Despite the danger, the two Egyptian doctors chose to stay and help at the hospital they worked at, rather than flee back to Egypt.

The two sisters were buried in the garden of their home, wrapped in blankets, until it is safe to transfer their bodies and give them a proper burial.

It's a tragic loss by all measures.

Rape, the Dirty Weapon, is Back in Khartoum

In the past few days, I have been reading scary accounts of how women in Khartoum are being raped, mostly by the Rapid Support Forces (RSF).

There is no estimate on how many women have been affected, but doctors and activists say the issue is spreading.

On Friday, a Sudanese doctor shared information on Twitter about what medication women should take immediately after being raped.

This is how bad it is.

It's reminiscent of the infamous Khartoum massacre in June 2019, where the RSF and Sudanese Armed Forces joined forces against Sudanese civilians.

Unfortunately, it seems as though nobody will be held accountable for these heinous acts. The world accepted what the RSF did in Darfur, as well as what happened in Khartoum in 2019.

Nobody will be held accountable for what is happening and will happen to Sudan as usual.

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