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Months-long limbo for thousands of Sudanese at Egypt border

For the thousands of Sudanese stuck in the border town of Wadi Halfa, there is little to do but wait
— Wadi Halfa (Sudan) (AFP)

In the sandy courtyard of a school turned shelter in northern Sudan, two children idly pass a football back and forth. Around them, dozens of adults wait, trapped between a war and a border.

There is little else to do in the border town of Wadi Halfa, where a local support group says upwards of 20,000 displaced people live in limbo, unable to cross the northern frontier into Egypt and escape the five-month war between the Sudanese army and paramilitary Rapid Support Forces.

Of the more than five million who have been forced to flee their homes during the war, according to the United Nations, at least 323,000 have crossed into Egypt.

But not everyone has made it.

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