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Karnataka: 31 Karnataka tribals stranded in strife-hit Sudan, seek help | India News

A group of 31 people from the Hakki-Pikki community in Karnataka, India, are stranded in Al-ashir, Sudan, approximately 1,000 kilometres from the capital, Khartoum. Rival factions of the ruling military regime in Sudan have been engrossed in conflict, and the situation is unlikely to change soon. The Indian embassy in Sudan has advised Indian nationals to avoid leaving their homes, ration their supplies, and seek help from neighbours. Karnataka State Disaster Management Authority Commissioner, Manoj Rajan, advised the group leader to comply with the embassy’s instructions. Eight members from three families from Shivamogga reached out to Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai, calling for an immediate rescue operation. Prabhu S., who is from Gopalgram in Channagiri taluk and is one of the stranded, said that they’ve been forced to stay indoors and have not had access to food or water. The community doesn’t traditionally own land, and they went to Sudan to sell ayurvedic products, which they learnt have a significant market there. “I’ve taken a Rs 10-lakh loan to buy medicines and arrived in Sudan along with my wife 10 months ago,” Prabhu said. Prabhu’s sister also reported that her son and daughter-in-law are stranded in Khartoum.

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