South Sudan Returnees Arrive In Bor From Renk

Nearly 1,000 South Sudanese returnees have arrived in Jonglei State after they had stayed in Renk waiting for support to move since the independence of South Sudan in 2011.

South Sudan Returnees Arrive In Bor From Renk
Bor County RRC Coordinator, James Jok carrying a returnee child standing next to the mother Amuor Jooh Gai and another returnee in Bor. [Jacob Achiek Jok]

By Jacob Achiek Jok

BOR, 01 July 2013 [Gurtong] –The barge arrived in Bor on Friday after taking 12 days on transit from Renk.

John Mabior Anyieth, a returnee, said that they have spent a year waiting for International Organization for Migration (IOM) and its partners to support their transport.

“We had been waiting to be ferried to their states for a year but in vain, so they found their own ways by selling their belongings and hired a barge to ferry them to Bor and Juba,” Anyieth said.

Anyieeth said they used their money for hiring a ship but did not give the clear details about how much they paid saying that payment was depending on the size of the families.

The humanitarian agencies have no details of refunding the returnees their transportation money.

Mabior explained to Gurtong that they left Damazin after the fighting erupted in Blue Nile between the Sudanese government and the rebel group lead by Malik Agar.

“In fact I was in Damazin, Blue Nile state, After the Malik begun to fight the government of Sudan, we ran to Renk, we were refugees in Renk, and we did not get a way to enter Bor,” he said.

Mabior said it was actually difficult to get a barge through IOM to bring them to their home.

An official from Relief and Rehabilitation Commission (RRC) in Bor County said that seven households were identified in the barge to be from Jonglei state.

"Only seven belongs to Jonglei and the rest to other states,”said James Jok Alier the Coordinator of Bor County RRC.

Jok said they would place their request to World Food Program to give those seven days food to push them to Juba where they would be taken to their states.

“If they have shortages of medicines in the barge, the ministry of health will provide them with drugs that can take them to Juba,” he said.

“We want to make sure they have enough and medicines that can take them to Juba. The remaining families of Jonglei will be given necessary assistance by Monday,” he added.

This is one of the many barges that came full of returnees to South Sudan from Sudan after they stayed in Sudan for years during civil war in the then Sudan and after the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) in 2005.

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