Sudan: British Nationals Abroad

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 11 May 2023.

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Photo of Lord Alton of Liverpool Lord Alton of Liverpool Crossbench

To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to communicate with British citizens in Sudan in the absence of internet and power for mobile phones.

Photo of Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

Communication with British nationals in Sudan remains a significant challenge as the mobile phone network and the internet is inconsistent and often down but so far around 3,400 British nationals have registered their presence with the Foreign Office Crisis Hub. We have used multiple channels, including telephone calls, SMS messaging, and cascading information through organically created WhatsApp and Facebook groups that existed before the conflict. We have also regularly and promptly updated our travel advice on the FCDO website.

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