LONDON: A worker with a charity in the United Kingdom has criticized the government for not doing enough to rescue hundreds of people who are stuck in Sudan, including the worker’s own wife and children.
Following the submission of the family’s application for a passport for their 10-month-old boy, Alhussein Ahmed, who is based in Liverpool and works for the Merseyside Refugee Support Network, stated that delays on the part of the Home Office had resulted in his wife being unable to obtain the essential travel documents.
According to Ahmed, both she and the child, who was born in Sudan the previous year, have been imprisoned in the country since April. Also imprisoned is Ahmed’s daughter, who is 2 years old and has a British passport.
After conflict broke out earlier this year between the Sudanese Armed Forces and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces, the United Kingdom was able to successfully evacuate approximately 2,450 persons with the assistance of friendly countries. The evacuation took place on three flights that were provided by the government.
Ahmed’s family, like with many others, were located too far away from the evacuation site in Khartoum to make it to the aircraft in time, so they remained in their homes despite the fact that there was only a brief window of opportunity to leave the nation and that the country was being overrun by instability and violence.
According to Ahmed, who is 32 years old, there is a need for another evacuation flight for the numerous people in Sudan who have British nationality or who have the right to remain in the UK. Ahmed made this statement to The Guardian.
Because I am so concerned about my children, I find that I am unable to fall or stay asleep. When you call, you can hear shooting and airplanes in the background, which makes you worry that you won’t hear from them again.
“There are times when you are unable to get through because either there is no network or they do not have electricity to charge their batteries.”
The Sudanese government persecuted Ahmed’s father for the dissident ideas that he had, and in 2010, the Sudanese government gave Ahmed asylum in the United Kingdom. Ahmed was born in Sudan.
“I’ve done a lot of work for this country, and tried to pay back the support I was given when I arrived as a refugee, but now I feel like they do not want to help my British children,” he added. “I’ve done a lot of work for this country, and tried to pay back the support I was given when I arrived as a refugee.” “The situation in Khartoum is really serious at the moment. There is a deficiency in the supply of food. It’s a terrible situation over there.”
According to Ahmed, he is aware of at least 50 families in Merseyside that have Sudanese relatives who are currently stranded in the North African country and have applied for permission for those relatives to move to the United Kingdom; however, their requests have not yet been granted.
According to Waging Peace’s Maddy Crowther, who spoke to The Guardian on behalf of the organization, “a lot of people are very critical of the UK for not realizing the urgency of the situation.” Waging Peace was founded in order to assist Sudanese refugees and asylum-seekers. During this extremely trying time for people, issues involving the reunification of families need to be prioritized and fast-tracked. It is imperative that a more humane attitude be used.”
She stated that Ahmed’s situation was not a unique incident and added, “It is essential that he be assisted in removing his children from the country. It is an unlivable, catastrophic condition, with food and water supplies that are running low; telephones and financial services are routinely disrupted.
A former minister in the British government named Andrew Mitchell stated in front of Parliament earlier this month that there are still approximately 800 children from the United Kingdom living in Sudan. He added, “We were able to assist an estimated 476 British children to leave Sudan, and we are aware of a further 300 children who have since confirmed as having safely left Sudan.”
The United Kingdom’s Home Office stated to The Guardian that it was unable to comment on specific passport applications, but that it will get in touch with Ahmed.