An 85-year-old Brit was shot by a sniper and his wife was left to starve after asking to be rescued by the UK government.

Abdalla Sholgami's family have claimed that he and his wife, Alaweya Rishwan, who has a disability, were told they had to cross a warzone in order to board an evacuation flight in Khartoum, Sudan.

The elderly couple contacted the UK Foreign Office hotline in a bid to save them from the precarious situation, the BBC reports.

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However, they claim the government has abandoned them since the previous evacuation flight left the war-torn African country earlier this month.

Speaking to the BBC, The Foreign Office said the case was "extremely sad."

"The ongoing military conflict means Sudan remains dangerous. The UK is taking a leading role in the diplomatic efforts to secure peace in Sudan."

In addition, The Foreign Office added that their resources to offer consular assistance are “extremely limited” and therefore can't provide in-person support to those stuck in Sudan.

With starvation becoming a real possibility, in the knowledge that help wasn't coming, Abdalla attempted to find food.

But his mission ended in disaster when he took three bullets fired from a sniper rifle.

In the meantime, snipers gathered around the home, where his wife ultimately passed away.

Since the beginning of April, the UK government has evacuated 2300 people over the course of 28 flights.

In a testament to his resilience, Abdalla has managed to make his way to safety in Egypt.

Following years of tension, the fighting started on April 15, with over 320,000 locals fleeing to neighbouring countries to escape the terror.

In total, according to UN Migration, 1.3 million people have been displaced due to the conflict between Sudan’s military and a powerful paramilitary force.

Furthermore, as per The International Organisation for Migration, 1 million people have had to leave their homes to secure refuge in safer areas of the country.

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