By John Okello Lapok
A total of 29 Ugandans have been evacuated from war-torn Sudan and are due to arrive in the country on Friday this week.
The group according to our inspectors in Khartoum arrived at Renk in South Sudan and were yesterday airlifted to Juba through Paroch Airfield. They were received by our Uganda Embassy Officials at the Juba Mission.
“This evacuation is being made possible through the collaborative efforts with IOM and the Government of Uganda under close monitoring and support of H. E. The President, Gen. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni” says Amb. Dickson Ogwang, the deputy ambassador to Khartoum.
He says the 29 Evacuatees currently in Juba will finally arrive in Uganda aboard Uganda Airlines on Friday 16/06/2023.
He said they will be received at Entebbe Airport by H. E. Dr. Rashid Yahya Ssemuddu, Ambassador of the Republic of Uganda to the Sudan.
“We continue to pray for those still stuck in the raging war in Khartoum, those already at Wad Madani Camp of Sudan and those still on their long journey to Renk in South Sudan. We hope they will remain safe until they join their Families at home” he said when this reporter contacted him for an update on the evacuation progress.
Ogwang said as the mission continues to make necessary plans for final evacuation; “We sincerely thank the Government of the Republic of Uganda, International Organization for Migration (IOM), Our Mission in South Sudan, the Permanent Secretary and the Team at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Headquarters, Security Officials of Uganda, Sudan and South Sudan and Uganda Airlines for the continued efforts in facilitating effective Evacuation, Security and Movement Protocol of all Diplomats with their family and Ugandans affected by the war in Sudan”
He prayed for God’s mercy to enable a complete end to the hostility in Sudan and the restoration of Peace Security and Stability in the region.
Recently, a group of Ugandans was evacuated and we’re received at Entebbe by first son Muhoozi Kainerugaba who promised more efforts to have the remaining also returned safely.
The war in Sudan broke out on April 15 after a disagreement between president Bruhan and his hitherto vice president Gen. Dagalo Hemedti. The warring groups have since asked Uganda to host peace talks and mediate the negotiations.