“We had to leave,” she said. “We did not have time to pack our clothes or even drink tea.”
Together with her 10 children and 80-year-old mother, she embarked on an arduous three-hour journey to reach the border with Ethiopia and seek asylum.
“It was raining, and the road was muddy,” she said. “There were gunshots coming from the side of the mountains; it was too scary. My mother was sick and could not walk. At one point she decided to go back, but it was dangerous, so we had to push her.”
Since April last year, when conflict erupted in Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, and spread to other parts of the country, close to 8 million people have been displaced both inside Sudan and across borders, mainly into Chad, South Sudan and Egypt, but also into Ethiopia which has received over 47,000 refugees and asylum seekers.
In recent months, the fighting has escalated with the seizure of Sudan’s second city of Wad Madani in Al Jazirah State by the Rapid Support Forces. The city had been hosting hundreds of thousands of people displaced from Khartoum and elsewhere who were forced to flee for a second time.