Mr. Ginish is a National Field Coordinator with the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Sudan. He recounts his experience of being evacuated from Khartoum, life in Port Sudan, and how he and his colleagues are trying to help the millions caught up in the conflict.With everything at a halt in Sudan, being able to get them to a place where they could be safe and pursue their education – even if just online – was not an easy task.
I want to believe that the situation will improve, that peace will be restored, and that I will be reunited with my family. And, once peace is restored, I know we will fight hard to heal from the trauma.Many are trying to reach Egypt, Saudi Arabia, or the UAE. Port Sudan has become the main gathering point. Unfortunately, with the resource constraints OCHA has, the services we can offer are limited.Open SourceMohammed Gimish fled to Port Sudan where he now works for OCHA.
Thankful to be alive
We were, however, pleasantly surprised by the degree of hospitality and generosity of the Sudanese people we met along the way. As the war raged on, many of us had lost everything we worked so hard for – our home, our possessions. Yet, we were alive, which is something to be truly grateful for.I finally reunited with my family in Port Sudan, after being separated for sixteen days.Against this backdrop of violence and suffering, our national colleagues truly stand out for their commitment, especially those working in remote parts of the country. Despite my personal struggles, I knew it was important for us humanitarians to stay and deliver because the lives of so many vulnerable people and children were at stake.
‘Heartbreaking’ situation on the ground’
Today, I am still in Port Sudan, where I joined OCHA’s sub-office.When I think of wars, images of massive displacements, gender-based violence, destruction of infrastructure, looting and killings immediately come to mind. I could not believe this was happening to us. I am about to be deployed to the River Nile State office in the coming days as Head of Office ad interim, a new challenge that I am proud to take on.© UNOCHA/Mohammed Gimish“Before the outbreak of violence on 15 April, I enjoyed a peaceful family life with my wife and three children in Bahari, Khartoum.
Even if people haven’t lost hope for a ceasefire, the frustration is building up. High inflation, electricity power instability, and essential goods shortages make it impossible for internally displaced persons to survive on their own.The good news is that I managed to evacuate my wife and three children to Saudi Arabia a few weeks ago. This is a temporary solution but at least for now, they are safe. And, on top of that, the conflict has been exacerbated by a cholera outbreak in neighbouring states and we fear it might reach Port Sudan.
Grain is provided to people in Port Sudan who have fled conflict in Khartoum.Being a National Field Coordinator Officer keeps me busy here. The silver lining in this chaos is that I have the opportunity to learn new things and take on more responsibilities while covering different regions of the country. The situation on the ground is heartbreaking. So many people have lost their homes, forced to flee so suddenly. Being an internally displaced person is a struggle, as you are constantly moving, facing overcrowding and sanitation issues, when all you want is to find a place to settle down long enough to rebuild your life.For the first time in my life, I felt helpless. My children were terrified, and I could do nothing to help them. I was devastated and heartbroken.