28 Kenyan students on scholarship in Sudan fail to return for lack of air tickets

28 Kenyan students on scholarship in Sudan fail to return for lack of air tickets. [Photo: KAA]

Some 129 Kenyan students who were stuck in Sudan at the height of COVID-19 pandemic have flown back to resume their studies.

The students were repatriated to Kenya through the help of Mvita MP Abdulswamad Nasir after weeks of calling for help in futility.

They landed at the Moi International Airport in Mombasa on June 28.

While leaving the country on Tuesday the students drawn from Kwale, Lamu, Kilifi and Mombasa said they are excited to resume their studies which funded through a scholarship.

Baishe Idriss, one of the student leader of the group said that they were notified of studies resuming from September 20.

“The university notified us that the institution has reopened and we were expected to return. We thank God for all those who assisted in our evacuation when the situation was bad,” Idriss told Nation.

Sudan, according to reports by the university communicated to the students is now safe as it has managed to flatten the COVID-19 curve.

However, 28 other students on scholarship from Lamu, Kilifi and Kwale did not make it back to Sudan due to financial crisis.

Idriss said that they were unable to raise money to purchase an air ticket back to Sudan.

“We are happy to be going back to school, but we are sad that some of our colleagues have not been able to raise money for air tickets. We appeal to the government and well-wishers to assist our colleagues to resume their studies,” he added.

The Kenyan government was asked by a well-wisher, Abubakar Shalali to come in assisting needy students studying abroad.