Trapped Americans In Sudan Are Angry With U.S. Lack Of Support

Sudan continues to peer into the precipice of a full-scale civil war as the battle between two rival generals for control of the capital of Khartoum, which has now lasted for two weeks, results in an escalating death toll.  Dozens of nations have been rushing for days to evacuate their citizens via military transport aircraft, ships, and cross-border land routes into Ethiopia and its neighbors, but not the United States.

CNN released a report on Friday that was surprisingly blunt in its criticism of the Biden administration.  As the crisis in Sudan persists, many Americans are feeling abandoned by their government and left to navigate the complex and perilous situation on their own.  This has caused mounting anger among them.

CNN adds that evacuation efforts are underway in a multitude of other nations.  A Turkish C-130 evacuation flight encountered a small arms fire while landing outside the capital.  The Chinese government has successfully evacuated over 1,300 of its citizens, and state media has confirmed ongoing evacuation operations by both land and sea.

CNN’s Muna Daoud, whose parents were forced to flee to Saudi Arabia via Port Sudan, said she was extremely shocked and disgusted by America’s lack of response to the health and safety of its citizens.  CNN continued that although several nations have evacuated their citizens, the U.S. government has maintained that conditions do not permit a civilian evacuation.  This weekend, all U.S. government personnel were evacuated during a military operation.  Officials from the United States have stated that they are in “close communication” with American citizens and “actively facilitating” their departure from Sudan.

CNN spoke with multiple individuals whose family members are among the “dozens” of Americans who wish to leave Sudan.  According to these individuals, the State Department has provided “barely any assistance” since the outbreak of deadly violence between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and Rapid Support Forces (RSF) more than a week ago.

The embassy and State Department were deemed “useless” by a second American stranded in Sudan.  Imad stated in an interview the State Department was useless, utterly useless, throughout this entire period.  One would expect the Department to provide some sort of guidance, but all that was provided was a generic template with no vital information.

Already two Americans have been killed, and due to a lack of formal U.S. endeavors to evacuate citizens safely, more individuals are coming close to being shot in near-miss situations.

In the meantime, Chinese media commentators are ridiculing and revealing the Biden administration’s latest show of weakness.  The Chinese Foreign Ministry has confirmed that the PLA Navy will assist in evacuating Chinese nationals from Sudan.  A defense ministry spokesman announced Thursday that more navy ships are en route.  Already, Chinese evacuation ships have been observed in Red Sea locations in Sudan.

In response to the ongoing deterioration of Sudan’s security situation, the Chinese army dispatched naval vessels to Sudan on April 26 to evacuate and transport Chinese citizens.  More than 1,300 Chinese citizens have already fled, and more are leaving via land border, Tan said, protecting the lives and property of Chinese personnel in Sudan was important.  More than 1,300 Chinese citizens have been transferred safely to date, and some have already left Sudan aboard Chinese warships and boats, while others are on their way out, Tan explained.

Jordan has also organized military transport flights to and from the troubled capital.  It is amusing that the United States can invade countries on a whim but not rescue citizens.  Where is Joe Biden?  is a query many of the 16,000 Americans (likely dual nationals) continue to ask.

Despite a ceasefire, heavy explosions and gunfire have continued to shake sections of the capital of Sudan, Khartoum, and its twin city, Omdurman.  At least 500 persons have been slain, including two Americans, as the power struggle between two rival generals representing the Sudanese Armed Forces and the paramilitary group Rapid Support Forces enters its second week.

More than a week has passed since a massive international evacuation effort began in which numerous nations have sent military transport aircraft.  However, the administration of the United States has stated that it is not conducting a large-scale evacuation operation for the approximately 16,000 US citizens who reside in Sudan, the majority of whom are dual nationals who have made the country their home.

New reports indicate that a Turkish evacuation plane was fired upon landing at Wadi Seyida airport outside of Khartoum, jeopardizing this international rescue effort.  The fuel supply system of the C-130 aircraft was damaged by ground bombardment.

The national army claimed that the Rapid Support Forces of General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo attacked the aircraft as it landed.  Still, the RSF dismissed the claim as “lies” disseminated by the national army.

The AFP reports that 74 people were killed in two days of violence in the capital of West Darfur, El Geneina, and this may indicate a slide toward a full-scale civil conflict in other parts of the country.