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500 students pack out of Khartoum University

University of Khartoum

The administration of Khartoum University has sent away at least 500 students from their dormitories following the closure of the university for an indefinite period.

Clashes between student activists and others backed by the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) have intensified in recent weeks, prompting the closure of the university indefinitely.

The students, who had no place to sleep, carried their bags to the headquarters of the Haq opposition movement in Khartoum, where are being temporarily accommodated.

Mohamed Zain, a student activist told the African Press Agency that colleagues from states across the Sudan were stranded without money or means to return to their families. He appealed to philanthropic organizations to provide accommodation or transportation for the hundreds of students who are affected by the situation.

Students of Khartoum University had threatened to boycott examinations scheduled to take place in May and mount pressure on the government to investigate the death of a Darfuri student activist in March.

The university’s teaching staff has accused militant Islamists among the students of launching attacks, and terrorizing their colleagues. The chancellor of the University of Khartoum has since resigned, citing government inaction. Student sources said four of their activists were arrested Saturday by the security forces.

Among those detained are student leader Mohamed Salah whose mother claimed he was picked up from their home by state security agents.

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