Final Plane Of Nigerians Stranded In Sudan Arrives Home

With the arrival of 2,518, the Nigerian government says it has successfully evacuated all its citizens who were stuck in Sudan.

The Nigerian government says it has airlifted the final group of stranded Nigerians it will take from Sudan. 

The 15th planeload of evacuees arrived at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja on Saturday 13 May, 2023. This brings the final number of people brought out of the country to 2,518. 

The humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate. Around a million Sudanese and other nationals are on the move, most still desperately trying to get out of the country. 

The Nigerian evacuation process was carried out by the Federal Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Federal Ministry for Humanitarian Services, Disaster Management and Social development,  Nigerian Emergency Management Agency and Nigerians In Diaspora Commission, that Nigerian Air Force and a number of private airlines.

Since the outbreak of the crisis on April 15, it was reported that thousands of Nigerians were stuck in Sudan. One figure put on the number stranded by Nigerian student organisations was around 4,000. 

Despite a series of fruitless ceasefires, the political crisis between Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) has continued to ravage the northeast African country. 

On May 11, 2023, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United States of America led the warring parties to sign the Jeddah Declaration, which they promised will protect civilians. 

Observers described the commitment to protect civilians as “meaningless”, as the fighting continues. 

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