Sudan capital like The Purge horror film says trapped Brit as murderers freed

Sudan is in chaos as expats scramble to escape the country – and one Brit has compared the situation in the country’s capital, Khartoum, to horror movie The Purge.

Rebel forces have released the inmates of the country’s prisons, British-born student Samar Eltayeb says, allowing “killers and thieves” to run riot.

Samar, 20, is a third year medical student from Birmingham currently studying at National University in Khartoum. Along with countless other Brits, she’s awaiting evacuation back to the UK.

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But speaking from the house of a relative on the outskirts of Khartoum yesterday (April 25), she said: "Imagine the movie, Purge – it’s just like that. The prisoners got released from the prison yesterday. So there’s murderers and people who’ve committed manslaughter and thieves everywhere."

The film series, The Purge, is based on a fictional event where horrendous crimes are decriminalised for 12 hours.

Samar added to Metro: "People have mentioned that they’ve been looted, and they took their stuff and their money, and they were just left in the middle of nowhere."

UK military flights started departing from Wadi Saidna Air Base just outside Khartoum yesterday, but many expats have said they haven’t been able to reach the airfield because there are no petrol stations open and it’s hard to obtain fuel.

Samar said that even getting as far as the capital had been difficult.

She said: “As we were driving, the actual main road was closed because there were so many tanks.

“That other way had the military people and they stopped us and asked where you’re going, who’s in the back, and asked us to open up the trunk. It was a lot…”

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Samar added that her family home had been hit by bombs, and dozens of other buildings had been destroyed.

“I’m afraid that I’m never going to see Khartoum again,” she said.

The fighting in Sudan is a power struggle between two rival military commanders.

Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, the general in command of the Sudanese armed forces, is opposed by Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo – head of an independent militia group known as the Rapid Support Forces (RSF).

Dagalo – known to his supporters as “Hemedti” – control a sizeable chunk of Sudan’s gold trade. He had until recently been Burhan’s deputy but now he appears to have decided to depose his one-time ally and take complete control of the country.

Hundreds have already died in the fighting, and the rule of law Sudan – Africa's third-largest country – has almost completely collapsed.

Before hostilities broke out a quarter of the Sudanese population already relied on food aid. The situation now is a huge humanitarian disaster.

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