Citizens mobilize to evacuate fellow S. Sudanese trapped in Sudan

Concerned Citizens of South Sudan (CCSS), an advocacy network of volunteers is calling on South Sudanese in the country and in diaspora to mobilize resources to evacuate South Sudan’s citizens who are trapped in Khartoum fighting.

“[We] are urging other South Sudanese to mobilize resources both in cash and in kind in an effort to offer timely emergency response and evacuate South Sudan citizens currently trapped in the conflict in the Sudan,” statement from the network read on Friday.

Last weekend, a fighting broke out between the Sudan army chief Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and his deputy Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, who commands the Rapid Support Forces in Khartoum over planned integration of forces of the two leaders.

On Wednesday, Some South Sudanese students  in Khartoum called for intervention from the government of South Sudan to help evacuate them out of fighting Sudan.

“Having noted the dire humanitarian situation unfolding in Sudan and the subsequent suffering of thousands of South Sudan nationals, we feel that it’s our moral obligation to come to rescue our brothers and sisters suffering as a result of the conflict in Khartoum,” the statement partly reads.

When contacted for commend, the acting minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation, Deng Dau Deng welcome the imitative but cautioned the advocacy group against endangering the lives of the trapped South Sudanese by announcing something that might not be sustainable.

“They are welcome to do whatever little that they can afford but they should not risk the lives of people by creating attractive messages when it’s not going to be sustainable. We encourage it as the government to do it at the limited level,” Deng said.

According to the ministry of foreign affairs, there are over 800,000 South Sudanese in Sudan.

The fighting that started last weekend has so far claimed over 400 lives of civilians and the gunshots can still be heard in other parts of Khartoum.