First Batch Of IDPs Sheltering At UN POC Sites In Wau Voluntarily Returning Home

Over 200 displaced persons sheltering at different UN protection of civilians sites in Wau, began returning to their homes in Mboro, Besselia County.

First Batch Of IDPs Sheltering At UN POC Sites In Wau Voluntarily Returning Home
IDPs getting on a truck to return home from UN poc Sites In Wau [Photo|James Dimo]

By James Deng Dimo

WAU, 26 September 2018, [Gurtong] -The voluntary return which begun on Monday was facilitated by the State government after the IDPs initiated their voluntary return following the recent signing of the final peace agreement.

According to those who spoke to Gurtong, they decided to return to their homes as they are hopeful that things will now be different following the just signed peace agreement between the government and opposition groups in South Sudan.

“I left my Boma and ran to Wau here on the 3rd of December 2015. I am a farmer and I eneded up here because of the war. I want to return home so that I can start over again. Nobody has forced me to leave it is my choice to now go back home,” said one of the IDPs.

The UN State Representative, Julie Kiwanuka on behalf of the UN welcomed the voluntary return of the Displaced Persons and said that they will be supported.

“UNMISS recognized the State government initiative today to support people who have willingly decided to return to Mboro based on informed decision of the area of return. We hope that all the civilians who are going to Besselia today will encourage other displaced persons to go back to their homes,” said Kiwanuka.

On his part, the State Governor, Angelo Taban, described to voluntary return of the displaced persons as a good gesture towards the recently signed peace agreement.

He also urged all the IDPs including those from Bazia, Roc- Roc Dong, and Bagari Counties to return to their homes.

“I want to tell the returnees who are returning home today, the civilians who are returning to their area of Besselia County, I would like to tell you that you are respecting the signed peace agreement. You have demonstrated your responsibility, your response of yes to the peace and no to war, I thank you for this. I have come to stand with you and to give you thanks, let this first batch not be the end but should be the startof our people returning to their homes,” said

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