“Reconstruction of safe areas”… Have dreams of returning to Khartoum dissipated?

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Citizen Muhammad Bashir told the website: "Sky News Arabia": "I left my house in the suburb of Ambada, west of the city of Omdurman, with all my possessions, and I was expecting a quick return to it after the violence stopped, but my trip was long and I was exhausted by the high cost of renting the house, so I bought a residential plot of land with my remaining savings.".

According to his narration, Bashir resorted to this option after his dreams of returning to his home in the capital, Khartoum, where the rate of violence was escalating day after day, were dashed. However, establishing a house with all its equipment was not an easy task, given the significant increase in various construction requirements.

He adds: "I need to spend huge amounts of money on the construction process, but for me it represents a strategic choice and will give me more comfort than renting a house, especially because all the indicators in front of me suggest that the current war will be prolonged. It’s a big challenge, but it’s the best".

The painful reality
For many of those fleeing, the dreams of returning to Khartoum turned into buying a house in safe Sudanese areas, especially the powerful people who moved their commercial activities there, which significantly revived the real estate and residential land market in those areas.

A reality imposed by the continuation of the armed conflict in Khartoum and the faltering of peace efforts led by international and regional powers. A state of despair has set in even among the residents currently stuck in the capital, and they have lost patience with remaining under the fire of war for more time after their dream of an imminent agreement to stop the fighting has dissipated.

This is the case of Alaa Hamed, who left his home in Omdurman and arrived in the city of Port Sudan at the beginning of this week after having withstood the fire of war for 7 months, clinging to his hopes and dreams for the return of stability.

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Hamed says to the website: "Sky News Arabia": "I left Omdurman permanently with my family and we do not see any chance of returning again soon due to the miserable reality we left behind, so we are on the cusp of a new life and we will buy a house if we can find it.".

Add: "The infrastructure was destroyed and communications, internet and electricity service deteriorated, with difficulty obtaining drinking water and food, in addition to the deterioration of the security situation with the escalation of indiscriminate artillery shelling, so we decided to leave and start another life.".

Ahmed Ali, a real estate broker in Port Sudan, told the website: "Sky News Arabia": "There is a relatively high demand for unbuilt residential land, especially in peripheral areas, in a way that we did not see before the outbreak of war, and this is linked to the search for displaced people from Khartoum for homes to settle in.".

He adds: "Despite the high demand, the purchase process does not take place in most neighborhoods due to the significant increase in residential land prices. In the peripheral areas of the city of Port Sudan, the price of a plot of land sufficient for a small house (300) square meters may reach 17 million pounds (the dollar is about 6,000 pounds), but Some financially capable people were able to buy homes".

High costs
Port Sudan, which has implicitly been transformed into an alternative administrative capital to Khartoum, where army commanders and government officials are present, is witnessing massive population overcrowding after thousands of displaced people arrived there, which has led to an increase in the cost of renting houses, apartments, and hotels, as the rent for a small apartment reaches 700 US dollars.

The high rental costs witnessed in other safe areas also prompted financially capable people to think about establishing new homes and targeted the outskirts of neighboring cities and villages due to their low prices compared to the city centre. However, the majority of the displaced blacks remain among the economically weak groups and have no choice but to return to their homes in Khartoum. .

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According to Abdullah Al-Tayeb, a citizen of Sennar State, the city of Sennar and the villages to the east of it are witnessing a significant revival in the purchase of residential lands, and their market value has increased compared to the period before the outbreak of war.

Abdullah says to the site "Sky News Arabia": "A number of those fleeing the Khartoum war dealt with the matter according to a mathematical process. The cost of renting 6 months is enough to buy a house and establish it in the peripheral neighbourhoods. Therefore, many of our relatives and acquaintances advised us towards this direction, and they did.".

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After 6 months spent under the flames of high rents for residential real estate, Muhammad Bashir was able to buy a plot of land in the city of Sennar in central Sudan, which he arrived as a refugee from Khartoum with the outbreak of war between the Sudanese army and the Rapid Support Forces, and he began to build it, setting himself a date for a new life.

This comes as the war between the army and the Rapid Support Forces is about to enter its eighth month, with no signs on the horizon of this conflict stopping and the displaced returning to their homes in the capital, Khartoum.

The fighting caused more than 4 million Sudanese in Khartoum and Darfur to flee their homes, the majority of whom were displaced to safe areas in the interior, such as Port Sudan in the east of the country, Atbara and Wad Madani, in addition to the states of Sennar and White Nile in central Sudan.

Citizen Muhammad Bashir told Sky News Arabia: “I left my house in the Ambada suburb, west of Omdurman, with all my possessions, and I was expecting a quick return to it after the violence stopped, but my trip was long and I was exhausted by the high cost of renting the house, so I bought a residential plot of land with “I have some savings left.”

According to his narration, Bashir resorted to this option after his dreams of returning to his home in the capital, Khartoum, where the rate of violence was escalating day after day, were dashed. However, establishing a house with all its equipment was not an easy task, given the significant increase in various construction requirements.

He adds: “I need to spend huge sums of money on the construction process, but for me it represents a strategic choice and will give me more comfort than renting a house, especially because all the indicators in front of me suggest that the current war will be prolonged. It is a great challenge, but it is the best.”

The painful reality
For many of those fleeing, the dreams of returning to Khartoum turned into buying a house in safe Sudanese areas, especially the powerful people who moved their commercial activities there, which significantly revived the real estate and residential land market in those areas.

A reality imposed by the continuation of the armed conflict in Khartoum and the faltering of peace efforts led by international and regional powers. A state of despair has set in even among the residents currently stuck in the capital, and they have lost patience with remaining under the fire of war for more time after their dream of an imminent agreement to stop the fighting has dissipated.

This is the case of Alaa Hamed, who left his home in Omdurman and arrived in the city of Port Sudan at the beginning of this week after having withstood the fire of war for 7 months, clinging to his hopes and dreams for the return of stability.

Hamed told Sky News Arabia: “I left Omdurman permanently with my family and we do not see any opportunity to return again soon due to the dire reality we left behind. Therefore, we are on the cusp of a new life and we will buy a house if we can find it.”

He adds: “The infrastructure has been destroyed and communications, internet and electricity service have deteriorated, with difficulty obtaining drinking water and food, in addition to the deterioration of the security situation with the escalation of random artillery shelling, so we decided to leave and start another life.”

Ahmed Ali, a real estate broker in Port Sudan, told Sky News Arabia: “There is a relatively high demand for unbuilt residential lands, especially in the peripheral areas, in a way that we did not see before the outbreak of war, and this is linked to the search for displaced people from Khartoum for homes to settle in.”

He added: “Despite the high demand, the purchase process does not take place in most neighborhoods due to the significant increase in residential land prices. In the peripheral areas of the city of Port Sudan, the price of a plot of land sufficient for a small house (300) square meters may reach 17 million pounds (the dollar is about 6,000 pounds). ), but some financially capable individuals were able to buy homes.”

High costs
Port Sudan, which has implicitly been transformed into an alternative administrative capital to Khartoum, where army commanders and government officials are present, is witnessing massive population overcrowding after thousands of displaced people arrived there, which has led to the cost of renting houses, apartments, and hotels rising, as the rent for a small apartment reaches 700 US dollars.

The high rental costs witnessed in other safe areas also prompted financially capable people to think about establishing new homes and targeted the outskirts of neighboring cities and villages due to their low prices compared to the city centre. However, the majority of the displaced blacks remain among the economically weak groups and have no choice but to return to their homes in Khartoum. .

According to Abdullah Al-Tayeb, a citizen of Sennar State, the city of Sennar and the villages to the east of it are witnessing a significant revival in the purchase of residential lands, and their market value has increased compared to the period before the outbreak of war.

Abdullah told Sky News Arabia: “A number of those fleeing the Khartoum war dealt with the matter according to a mathematical process. The cost of rent for 6 months is enough to buy a house and establish it in the peripheral neighborhoods. Therefore, we advised many of our relatives and acquaintances towards this direction, and they did.”

2023-12-04 15:43:54
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