MUHAMMADIYAH.OR.ID, SUDAN—Indonesians living in Sudan were affected by clashes between Sudan’s military and the country’s main paramilitary force of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF). Although they were evacuated and sent home, the conflicts left sad memories in them.
According to a staff member at the Lazismu (the Muhammadiyah zakat management body) of Sudan Dimas Muhammad Hanif Arkaan, fighting broke out in Khartoum early Saturday (15/4) with gunfire and bombs heard at the Muhammadiyah Da’wa Center of Sudan. It was threatening Indonesians, including Indonesian students there. Indeed, the RSF took over Khartoum International Airport, and most areas experienced power outages.
It got worse when theft cases in Khartoum elevated, and the food supply of the Indonesians decreased. Therese, the Lazismu initiated a warehouse. “The warehouse was used to store food and other goods, and they were mainly distributed to the Indonesians in Arkawet and Makmuroh,” said Dimas.
After surveying several locations to shop for logistical supplies, the Lazismu purchased them from a store, ‘Alquds.’ It’s quite safe and close to the Muhammadiyah Da’wa Center of Sudan. The Lazismu members bought rice, flour, sugar, cooking oil, tea, bottled water, snacks, soap, detergent, and toothpaste. They also attempted to purchase medicines, but the drugstore was not safely accessible, so they relied on their existing stock.
The items were distributed the following day to Indonesian students, particularly those with a family. Of 80 students getting the aid, three of them had a family.
“Besides, we provided the aid for 30 scholars and Sundanese people and snacks and food for breakfasting for 80 students evacuated to Muktamarat Hall,” mentioned Dimas.
The warehouse was one of Muhammadiyah’s answer to the conflicts in Sudan. The aid distribution might help conflict-affected people in Sudan.