More Returnees Back Home
Over 10, 000 South Sudanese who were stranded in the Sudanese capital Khartoum have so far been airlifted to Juba.
Happy to be back home: South Sudanese nationals at Juba International Airport upon their arrival from Kosti in Sudan. [Gurtong/ Waakhe Simon Wudu]
By Waakhe Simon Wudu
JUBA, 02 June 2012 [Gurtong] - The Information and Reporting Officer at the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Samantha Donkin told Gurtong her organization targets to finalise the repatriation of the remaining groups in four days.
“To date IOM has completed 62 flights and transported a total of 10,500 returnees. At least 398 others have arrived in Juba today in two flights. IOM is operating four daily flights between Juba and Khartoum and the airlift operation is expected to last a further four days”, Donkin said.
She said transportation of the returnees from Juba to their destinations in the states has also started with the latest convoy leaving on Tuesday transporting 725 returnees to Torit, Eastern Equatoria State.
Last month IOM started the repatriation of 12,000 South Sudanese returnees who were stranded in Kosti for a year after the Khartoum government blocked the road and river transport system last year in May.
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