London – Fighting has been going on in Sudan for 14 days and despite several ceasefire agreements the Northeast African country remains on edge with reports of gunshots and bombs in the capital, Khartoum.
There is fighting in other parts of the country and those civilians who can run are running away.
Sudanese people are fleeing to surrounding countries like Chad, Egypt, South Sudan as well as Ethiopia.
The UKs first evacuation flight arrived at Stansted carrying 250 British nationals and there are 8 more arriving.
Many of those who are unable to flee the country are trying to find an escape route to safe areas within Sudan.
Truck drivers are charging hundreds of dollars to transport people to safe areas, which many cannot afford.
The Bulrushes spoke to Michael, who returned to London a couple of days before the ceasefire.
Michael said, My family has been split up, we were forced out of our home and no one could take anything with them. I had to leave my family and now they are at the airport trying to get to Egypt.
He also said, Everyone is eating what they have. There is no food in warehouses. It is not easy.
What is more is that the former President of Sudan, Omar Al Bashir, who was a dictator, and his team have now fled prison, which could put even more pressure on the conflict and it could get worse.
There is diplomatic influence in Sudan and the international community is urging a stop to the conflict.
There are a lot of expensive resources the country is a prize and that could be taken advantage of. Nonetheless, no country has yet taken a side or is ready to back any of the two men.
There was a glimmer of hope for peace late on Thursday when Sudan’s warring military factions agreed to extend a 72-hour ceasefire.
Meanwhile, the U.S.A. said it was concerned by ceasefire violations and warned the situation “could worsen at any moment”.
UK Foreign Secretary James Cleverly has urged Britons to “proceed to the airport as quickly as possible to ensure their safety”.
Observers insist that an extended and longstanding ceasefire must be negotiated, and the international community must be more involved before this conflict takes more innocent lives.