The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, visited a camp for displaced Sudanese in Egypt, and called from there for increased international support for these displaced persons and refugees, also expressing his anger.
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, has met Sudanese families who have fled fighting in Sudan to safety in Egypt. The UN official urged the international community to support those fleeing Sudan, as they did with those fleeing Ukraine.
In a statement during the visit, Grandi said, “I am really angry….There are military leaders and groups fighting for sovereignty in Sudan. They clearly don’t care about their people. What I heard were stories of lost families, separated hardships, and dangerous journeys.” people fleeing the fighting to try and find safety first in other parts of Sudan, and then in neighboring countries like Egypt.”
The UN commissioner added that a similar wave of displacement occurred in Ukraine a year and a half ago, continuing: “There was great international support. Could these people (Sudanese) please receive similar support?”
More than 153,000 Sudanese have recently crossed Egypt’s southern land border, according to the latest statistics released by the Egyptian government on May 26.
Fighting broke out in Sudan on 15 April, forcing the flight of large numbers of civilians, including people previously displaced within Sudan by previous conflicts, as well as refugees from other countries who sought safety in Sudan.
In addition to the new wave of internal displacement, more than 300,000 people, including Sudanese and refugees of other nationalities who were in Sudan, have fled Sudan to neighboring countries, or have returned to their countries of origin in unfavorable conditions – notably to Chad, South Sudan and the Republic of Africa. Central, Egypt and Ethiopia.