The first group of 41 Malawian students, who fled the civil war in Sudan arrived in Malawi Friday through Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) in Lilongwe.
The second group, which is in Ethiopia, will be airlifted on Sunday, according to the Minister of Labour Agnes NyaLonje, who welcomed the first cohort at KIA.
President of the Malawian Students in Sudan, Steven Chilengalenga said with support from the government through Malawi Embassies in Cairo (Egypt) and Ethiopia, all 81 Malawian students pursuing studies at the International University of Africa in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, escaped the grinding civil war in Sudan and reached Ethiopia without any casualties.
In her remarks, NyaLonje said they have not received any report of any Malawian casualties in Sudan.
She said despite having a small resource envelope, the government is committed to its solemn duty to protect and promote Malawi’s interests through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Malawi Diplomatic Missions around the globe, mainly in situations such as these.
NyaLonje has since attributed the successful evacuation of these students to collaborative efforts from the Office of the President and Cabinet, Ministry of Defence, Malawi Defence Force, Ministry of Homeland Security, Ministry of Finance and Islamic Zakaat Fund, which sponsors most of the students, who were in Sudan.
“Since we know that there are still Malawians inside Sudan, I would like to call on them to continue their vigilance to ensure that they are safe.
“I would like to call on all Malawians to continue to remember in their thoughts and prayers the good people of Sudan who are facing an uncertain future because of this ongoing conflict,” said NyaLonje.
The conflict erupted in mid-April when the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) refused to be integrated into Sudan’s army under a planned transition to civilian rule.
Reported by Yamikani Simtowe, MBC Online Services.