19,000 Stranded South Sudanese Want To Return Home-UN

Aid agencies have said they need US$10million to facilitate a repatriation of 19,000 South Sudanese who want to return home but are stranded in Sudan.

19,000 Stranded South Sudanese Want To Return Home-UN
The UN Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan Toby Lanzer [Gurtong]

By Waakhe Simon Wudu

JUBA – 13 December 2013 [Gurtong] – In a weekly humanitarian bulletin released on Wednesday, the UN Office for Humanitarian Affairs said that partners in South Sudan are seeking US$10m to provide emergency return assistance to vulnerable and stranded Southerners scheduled to travel to South Sudan this month.

“Registration of South Sudanese living in open spaces of Khartoum has already started and partners in South Sudan expect ground movements to begin soon within the month of December,” said the bulletin.

The bulletin said partners estimate that, between 250,000 to 300,000 South Sudanese remain in Sudan with some living in extremely difficult conditions in different areas of Khartoum.

Millions of South Sudanese were displaced during the over two decades of the civil of war between Sudan and South Sudan that ended in 2005. Thousands of who left then for Khartoum.

After the country’s secession two years ago, thousands have returned home but other factors including poor political relations between the two countries since last year have halted repatriation efforts.


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