Syrians who lived in Sudan thought that the sounds of bombs, rockets, and gunfire were coming from behind them.
They moved to Sudan, another Arab country, to get away from the war in their own country.
Recent fighting between the Sudanese army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces, on the other hand, has broken the sense of safety.
About 30,000 Syrian refugees who started new lives in Sudan face war and the destruction it brings once more.
Some of the more than 500 people who have died in the bloodshed over the past 15 days were Syrian civilians. These people have already died in Sudan.
“Since the fighting started, things have gotten very bad in Khartoum, the capital,” said Saleh Ismail al-Badran, a Syrian refugee from Raqqa who is 30 years old.
“Sudanese families began to leave the city, and on the first day of Eid al-Fitr (April 21), only foreigners like Syrians, Egyptians, and people from Africa and Europe were on the streets.”
Al-Badran has lived in Khartoum for six years and is married to a Sudanese woman. He told Al Jazeera that he was afraid that the two sides in the war would attack him at first. But he soon understood that armed gangs were a bigger threat because they were taking advantage of the worsening security situation.
“During their flight from Khartoum, many Syrian families were attacked, robbed, and sometimes killed by gangs. Al-Badran said, “One of them was my friend Ahmed. He and his family were taken by a gang as they were leaving Khartoum.”
“They took everything they owned, like money and cell phones, before one of the gang members shot Ahmed twice in the head because he wouldn’t let them search his wife.”
Many Syrian families in Khartoum have gone to Wadi Halfa, which is close to the Sudanese-Egyptian border, to try to cross into Egypt through the Argeen crossing. This is the same road that thousands of Sudanese have taken.