South Sudan vows to address returnees challenges

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[Juba, South Sudan, TCT] – South Sudan transitional government on Tuesday said it’s working towards addressing issues facing the returning internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees in the country. South Sudan’s minister for Humanitarian and Disaster Management, Hussein Mar Nyout, said they are preparing local authorities in the states to receive the IDPs that are returning home.

“Regarding the returning refugees and internally displaced persons who need a lot of support, the government is determined to support and integrate them back into their communities ,’’ said Nyuot.

The official said his ministry together with the humanitarian agencies have prioritized necessary basic services to be rendered to the returnees to help them catch up with the rest of the communities. Nyuot said the government’s main priority this year is to provide security, health and access to drinking water among other basic human needs.

‘’We are making sure that the UN agencies and the government provide the returnees and IDPs with temporary shelter like tents, mosquito nets, blankets, food, medicines and water,” he added. .

Last year, the government allotted a budget of 60 million South Sudanese pounds as the commitment to support all the returnees. He added that the government will continue to mobilize more funds from the partners.

‘’We don’t want to go to our partners empty handed telling them come and support us while we have not put in place some budget that can start the process, ’he said.

Hussen said another budget will be put forward for the returning of the IDPs and refuges when the budget is released in June this year.

South Sudan’ UNHCR, Assistant Representative for Protection, Maria Corinna Miguel Quicho, , said majority of South Sudanese refugees are willing to return home despite lack of basic services in the country. 

‘’ The current situation in the country is not conducive to encourage s return of millions of people displaced by the ongoing civil war,’’ Miguel said.

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