The whole time the group keeps in touch with the German embassy. Male should keep calm and be patient. Carola Wiegand says the authorities were trying to evacuate: “You will not forget,” she quotes the German Embassy.
The situation does not leave the strong woman untouched either. “Everyone had their moments when you were close to tears.” During a phone call with her husband, it “got loose”. To protect him, she faked bad cell phone reception. In the end, she had to: “Slow down and carry on.”
Khartoum is actually a “magic word” for the people of Munich: Even as a little girl, Carola Wiegand dreamed of this distant country in north-eastern Africa back in the 1960s. Her Great uncle worked as a meteorologist in the capital Khartoum and showed her pictures of the land between desert and sea.
Decades later, this fascination brought the 67-year-old from Pasing to North Africa, where she wanted to go on a two-week tour with a nine-person German tour group, consisting of four women and five men between the ages of 35 and 81. Twelve days by jeep to temples, black pharaohs and pyramids through the scorching heat, where “green is a rarity,” describes Carola Wiegand. Until the war catches up with them.
After more than a week in the war zone: Ceasefire allows departure
Day 7, Friday, 6 p.m.: Hope is finally turning into reality: A unilateral ceasefire is announced, which will ultimately be observed by both sides from Saturday. Their evacuation will begin Sunday. From Khartoum, the tour group will be taken to a military airport by a driver organized by the hotel manager, a 1.5 hour drive. “A trip to freedom,” says the 67-year-old.
Despite the traces of war, a burned-out one House, a few tanks, broken military vehicles “cannot be identified with the catastrophe”. Life seems to be returning to the streets. At 12:30 the minibus arrives at the military airport. It’s hot on the desert military compound, the sun is beating down from the sky, the tour group is standing outdoors.
Upon request, she may go inside an air-conditioned building. About 200 people were gathered there, Wiegand estimates, from different European countries. But there are also Sudanese with connections to Germany. Seven hours later, at 7:30 p.m., the plane with 101 passengers finally takes off for Jordan. And suddenly a moment of shock: flashes of light outside. The captain intervenes: “We weren’t shot at.” Only the self-defense system was triggered. At 23 The plane lands at the military airport in Jordan, from where it goes directly to Berlin. After seeing the Greek islands, she fell asleep. Munich woman back home after more than a week in the war zone in Sudan
On Monday at 6 a.m. local time, the Bundeswehr machine lands in Berlin, and Carola Wieland goes with it Wiegand joked that she took the shuttle to Berlin Central Station and then to her son and daughter-in-law who live in the capital, where breakfast, a shower and fresh clothes were all that was needed.The same day she traveled on to Munich , where she is received by her husband and son.
On Tuesday evening, April 25th, the last Airbus A400 M landed for the time being Air Force in Jordan– another 78 people on board. This increased the number of evacuees to more than 700, including 200 Germans. Overall, the Bundeswehr has flown people from around 30 nations out of Sudan.
Source: Federal Government, as of: 26th of April
How is she today? “I’m doing very well physically and mentally. I’m glad I’m back.” And so things continue as usual with the former doctor for internal medicine. As quickly as every Thursday, she can be seen in the Schwabing Marionette Theater “Kleines Spiel” as a puppet leader and speaker. With the Hello Munich-Newsletter informed daily after work about the most important stories from the Isar metropolis.