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Who Are the Hakki-Pikki Tribes From Karnataka, Stranded in Violence-hit Sudan?

Thirty-one tribals belonging to ‘Hakki-Pikki’ from Karnataka are stranded in Sudan, where violent clashes between a powerful paramilitary force and the country’s armed forces are going on. These people belong to a semi-nomadic tribal group.

The Hakki-Pikki do not have enough food supplies since the clashes began this weekend. The Congress slammed the BJP-led Centre and Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, claiming they had not initiated action to evacuate them.

The Karnataka State Disaster Management Authority has said that the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has been alerted about the condition of the tribals in Sudan and asked the stranded people not to leave their current location and to heed the advice of the Indian Embassy there.

India is closely coordinating with other nations to protect the safety and security of its citizens in Sudan.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar had spoken with his counterparts in Saudi Arabia and the UAE on the situation in Sudan.

The ongoing clashes between Sudan’s Army and Paramilitary Forces have left Indian nationals stuck in the country. 39 people of Channagiri taluk of Karnataka’s Davangere are trapped in Sudan. The people are suffering without the basic necessities. All of them are said to belong to the Hakki Pikki tribe of Gopanal, Asthappanalli village of Channagiri taluk. The conflict in Sudan is a few days old and has resulted in the deaths of hundreds.

Source: indiatoday