JUBA – South Sudan students who were deported back to the country by Egyptian authorities on orders of the embassy in Cairo have this evening visited prominent Activist Edmund Yakani who was able to organize a meeting between them and the activist on one side, and the speaker of parliament Jemma Nunu Kumba tomorrow.
On Friday last week, three students were deported by the Egyptian authorities on orders of the embassy in Cairo after the students participated in a sit-in at the embassy where they demanded solutions to disagreements with various learning institutions in Egypt.
Today, three others, all of whom are medical students including one in his last year, were also deported to Juba. Four others who are still being detained by the Egyptian police are set to be deported on Friday and Monday.
Speaking to Sudans Post this evening, Yakani who is the Executive Director of Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO) said he has met the students and heard from them the story and will tomorrow take to the parliament with the students to meet the speaker.
“This evening, I had the privilege to meet our students who were deported illegally from Egypt by the embassy. I have heard their story and tomorrow, we will meet the speaker of parliament together with them and we will discuss how the government can respond to their needs,” Yakani said.
“This is a very disturbing development and our government at all levels should be concerned that most of these students I have met are students studying medicine at various universities in Egypt and we should address their problem because they will serve us in the future,” Yakani stressed.
For his part, student Bech Marial who was studying medicine at Tanta University in Egypt confirmed the meeting with Yakani and said they will tomorrow meet the speaker of parliament and that they will discuss with her the deportation process imposed on them.
“We have met him (Yakani) and I have just also met my colleagues who were deported today. This is a very bad situation that people who have done no crimes are deported,” he said.
“So, tomorrow we will meet the speaker of parliament, the Right Honorable Jemma Nunu Kumba and we will explain to her our deportation issue by the embassy,” the statement.