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Syrians in Sudan are concerned but not afraid as political change continues

Syrian Refugees | 2019-04-13 18:50:00
Syrians in Sudan are concerned but not afraid as political change continues
(Zaman Al Wasl)- Facebook pages of Syrian refugees and residents in Sudan tried to avoid and ‘social media’ debate over the ongoing revolution in the Arab country. Few expressed their frustration over the halt air flights from Khartoum airport or the decline of the Sudanese currency against the U.S. dollar.

No one talks about the need to pack his bags as soon as possible, and look for a safer place.

Abu Mohammed, 40, who has lived in Sudan for four years with his wife and their four children, said that the situation is safe for the Syrians.  The Sudanese people are good, educated, and peaceful and love the Syrians, he added.


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Abu Mohammed stressed that the situation is still very safe, and everyone continues their lives and their work without much change.

“The local media doesn’t come against the Syrians like in Egypt. Syrians share their livelihoods with the Sudanese, and many of them participated with their Sudanese brothers, in their demonstrations, and shared with them the joy of leaving the head of their regime.” he added. “The only pressure that the Syrians are being subjected to in Sudan is that things and security conditions become worse”
The largest number of Syrians are located in the major cities in Sudan, mainly Khartoum and Omdurman. 

They are located in Khartoum in vital areas such as 60th Street, Omak, Mansheya, Riyadh, Mashtal, Abdullah Al-Tayeb, Makkah, Kafuri.

The Syrians business and trade is more than 200 million dollars, most of them invested in shops and restaurants and small and large workshops. They rent many apartments, benefiting the owners of Sudanese, where the rent of the apartment is about 10 thousand Sudanese pounds (210 thousand USD).


Assad Agents

Basem, a young student at the University of Sudan living for five years with his family in Khartoum, said that the
 Syrian embassy in Khartoum is very active. It employs a large number of informants and pages that try to intimidate the Syrians, broadcast the division among them and make them deal with each other prudently. 
It also publishes news about the facilities for those who would like to return to Syria, especially with the escalation of events in recent days.

He noted that many Syrians will not return no matter how the situation in Sudan, because they decided to be with their Sudanese brothers in all their circumstances, because they welcomed them and treated them with high morals.

“Personally, I participated in their demonstrations, along with a large number of Syrians, even the Sudanese police respected us” he added.

Basem pointed out that he congratulated many of his Sudanese colleagues at the university after the oust of Omar al-Bashir.

One of the Facebook pages of the Syrians in Sudan warned two days ago that the Syrians should not intervene in the Sudan affairs, asking them to commit to their homes and advising them on how to return to Syria.

Basem pointed out that this page belongs to the regime's embassy In Khartoum and has lists of Syrians opposed to the regime, waiting for the opportunity to attack them and handed over to the regime intelligence. 


Economic Conditions


The bad economic situation seems to be the biggest challenge facing the Syrians in Sudan, and of course the security situation, which is feared to develop into the worst.

Wassim al-Hajji, owner of a food store in Omdurman, said that the cost of living in Sudan has increased significantly over the past two years.

He expressed that said Syrians suffer from the high cost of renting homes and the difficulty of finding work with income that covers the cost of living.

Al-Hajji added that most of the Syrians in Sudan are fairly well-off, which helped them to survive, and then work. But the biggest problem is in the economic conditions of the Sudanese, which have affected the Syrian actions and led to their decline.

Al-Hajji said he is seriously considering moving from Sudan to another country if the security and economic situation worsens. He will not return to Syria because he is wanted by the regime's intelligence, but he will probably be looking for another African country to pursue his work.

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