Deputy Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration Minister, Dr Kwaku Ampratwum-Sarpong, has confirmed that all Ghanaian students in Sudan, particularly in the capital city of Khartoum, have been safely accounted for following the recent deadly conflict in the country.
Speaking to TV3 on April 23, the minister revealed that none of the students were harmed during the unrest and had all been relocated to a safe place.
Sudan provides scholarships to some Ghanaian students, with approximately 73 Ghanaians currently studying at universities in Khartoum, mostly in the petrochemical industry.
Minister Ampratwum-Sarpong confirmed that all 73 students had been accounted for, along with three Ghanaian footballers who were also in Sudan at the time.
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Mr Ampratwum-Sarpong said “Sudan offers scholarship to some Ghanaian students, we have about 73 Ghanaian students in Sudan undertaking university studies especially in Khartoum. Majority of them are in the petrochemical industry.
“So far, we have accounted for all the Ghanaian students, 73, nobody has been harmed, we have all of them safe in a place, then the next batch of Ghanaians are three Ghanaian footballers in Sudan, we have also accounted for them…so put all of them together the plan is to evacuate them.”
The government of Ghana is working to evacuate its citizens from Sudan in the wake of the conflict.
The past week in the Republic of Sudan has seen a deadly conflict between the Sudanese Armed Forces and the Paramilitary Rapid Support Forces, leading to avoidable casualties.
Khartoum was at the epicenter of the clashes, and civilians were the most affected.
The Ghana Embassy in Cairo Egypt, which has concurrent accreditation to Sudan, is working closely with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration and the Honorary Consulate to coordinate the evacuation of Ghanaian nationals. Plans are currently underway to ensure their safe passage to Ethiopia.
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