Students at the University of Khartoum have been protesting conditions like overcrowding, poor sanitation, theft and violence on campus, but the authorities disagree who is responsible for improving matters.
“We face major problems … such as overcrowded rooms, the constant power outages, and overflow of sewage in front of the university dormitories,” said Yousif Idris, a veterinary medicine student at the University of Khartoum and a spokesman for students who organized a recent sit-in.
There was also a “lack of guards designated to secure the housing against any illegal act,” he said.
An official statement from the University of Khartoum, a copy of which was obtained by Al-Fanar Media, said students also complained about mosquitoes, drug traffickers, extremist religious activities including training with firearms and knives, and multiple thefts in female students’ dormitories.
Yousif Tajeddin, a fourth-year engineering student, accused the university administration of corruption after it rented out a room that should have been allocated to him for free.
Tajeddin lives in Damazin, the capital of Sudan’s Blue Nile State, which is about 300 miles from the campus.
Allegations of Corruption in Housing
“I have been deprived of my right to free university housing and consequently to normally pursue my studies because of the corruption of the administration that admits students from other universities for a fee of about 2,000 Sudanese pounds (about $5) at the expense of those who are actually entitled to housing,” he said.