Over 200 IDPs repatriated to Akobo
By Opio Jackson
At least 217 Internally Displaced Persons from Bor Protection of Civilians Site had been airlifted to Akobo by United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) through Bor Solution Working Group (SWG).
Speaking to Juba Monitor, Koma Godfrey Andruga, a UNHCR staff who assisted in the registration of the IDPs said on Wednesday that the IDPs were air lifted using UNMISS flights and provided with cash grant to meet their needs while on the ground.
Mr. Andruga said they also provided female IDPs of reproductive age with dignity kits.
“The UNHCR partner INTERSOS will distribute NFIs to IDPs upon their arrival while the OXFAM (WFP partner) will provide emergency food to the returning IDPs in Akobo as well,” he said.
He said that the IDPs were warmly received by the local authorities and the NGOs working on the ground, adding that the relocation of the IDPs aimed at finding durable solutions to displacement of the IDPs who have been living in Bor PoC since the outbreak of conflict in 2013.
The last batch of 28 IDPs from Bor PoC were expected to be completed by yesterday (Thursday).
“This will bring to a total number of 245 individuals that are already being relocated to Akobo by UNHCR and Bor Solution Working Group (SWG),” Mr. Andruga added.
There are 1.82 million IDPs across the country including 197,996 in UNMISS protection of Civilians Site and 2 million South Sudanese refugees in neighboring countries, according to UNHCR latest operational update.