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Hundreds of Trapped Children Rescued from Orphanage in Sudan’s Capital

HeadlineJun 08, 2023

In Sudan, a massive fire erupted Wednesday at a fuel storage depot inside a military base in the capital Khartoum as fighting raged between Sudan’s army and its rival, the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces. The fire threatened to ignite a warehouse filled with weapons and ammunition and prompted fears among nearby residents who remain trapped in their homes. Witnesses reported houses in the area have been hit by stray artillery fire and bullets.

Meanwhile, UNICEF says it has rescued nearly 300 children and 70 caregivers from a Khartoum orphanage that’s been cut off by the fighting. More than 70 children have died from hunger and illness at the orphanage since mid-April. Khartoum residents say drinking water and other necessities remain in short supply.

Mirghani Abdalaziz Diab: “It’s laborious and dangerous to fetch water from the Nile River. If you drill a well, even to a depth of 20 meters, you still can’t get water. Now we can only pay for water. A small bottle of water might be free, but you have to pay to get more. A bucket of water costs 4,000 Sudanese pounds.”

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