Sudan: Stuck in a Khartoum Bunker While There’s Shooting Outside

by Digital Brainiacs
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Camille Marquis is the outgoing Advocacy Manager for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Sudan. She was due to leave Sudan, after having been on assignment for 12 months, the day the conflict escalated, forcing her and her colleagues into a bunker. She recounts what’s been happening in the capital, Khartoum.

On Saturday, when I heard the first gunshots outside at about 8.30am while having breakfast, I was just starting what I thought was my last day in Khartoum. My luggage was ready, my fridge and cupboards emptied, with just a few hours to wait before going to the airport to fly home after one year spent in Sudan.

Quickly, we all went down to the safe room of our guesthouse, in the basement. I spent the day there sitting on the floor, along with more than 10 colleagues, jumping at the sound of heavy shooting, of low-flying war planes and subsequent bangs from air strikes. The sound was echoing in the room, walls and small windows were shaking. The sound of silence often ensued a blast, but never…

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