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North Eastern leaders refused to aid the stranded students in Sudan

Derrickadil94 06/28/2020

A Muslim human rights group has condemned North Eastern leaders for refusing to assist 62 Kenyan students who are still stranded in Sudan.

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The 62 students are from the North Eastern region, they are on scholarship studying in different universities in Sudan.

However, since the pandemic hit Africa, they have been stranded in Sudan. Their efforts to seek help from their politicians fell on deaf ears.

"The more than 120 students who were evacuated this evening were helped by Mombasa leaders led by Governor Hassan Joho. But it is sad that MPs from the North Eastern region have refused to take their responsibilities by helping their constituents to return back home,” revealed MUHURI executive director Khelef Khalifa during a press conference at the Moi International Airport while receiving the students.

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Mr Khalifa said he has tried to plead with the leaders from the region to help the stranded students but none has heeded to his call.

"The over 120 students who were evacuated this evening were helped by Mombasa leaders led by Governor Hassan Joho. But it is sad that MPs from the North Eastern region have refused to take their responsibilities in helping their constituents who are still stranded in Sudan,” added Mr Khalifa.

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He said his efforts to plead to the north eastern leaders fell on deaf ears. Mr Khalifa was saddened that despite the students contributing 50 per cent of their air ticket, the leaders still refused to help them.

"The North Eastern MPs have refused to help their stranded students in Sudan. We have tried to talk to them to help our children but none has come forth. It is even sad that the students have contributed 50 per cent of the air ticket but Kenya Airways wants the total costs of their flight to be catered before they are airlifted,” added Mr Khalifa. Their flight tickets cost between Sh56, 000 to Sh58, 000.

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Mr Khalifa lauded Governor Hassan Joho saying he has helped in paying flight tickets for 40 students from Nairobi.

The human rights activist challenged the north eastern leaders to help evacuate the stranded students. 

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