Refugees Repatriation suspended due to Covid-19

By Gilo Jr. Okwata

The Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management has said that the plan to return the refugees back to the country has been suspended due to fear of Covid-19.

Speaking to Juba Monitor the Undersecretary in the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Gatwech Peter Kulang said that the government has put on hold the repatriation of refugees but emphasized that the Ministry is working to relocate and resettle the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

“The repatriation of refugees as far as now is put on hold because of the impact and fear of Covid-19 but we have been working on relocating and resettling IDPs to their respective places.

I know some of them are afraid of Coronavirus and flood but if there is anybody who is willing to return to his/her place, our role is to make sure that wherever they are located, we will be helping them,” Kulang added.

 Kulang stated that those whose homes were occupied by some individuals would be assisted by the government agencies to get back to their original places.

“Whoever feels that his /her house is occupied by someone can inform us (the Ministry) or the concern institutions. There is a committee that was formed by the President earlier to deal with such cases, so they can inform the committee and they will look into it,” he stated.

Since the outbreak of civil war in then Sudan and recent 2013-2016 conflict in the country, millions of South Sudanese fled to neighboring countries to seek refuge and safety for their lives.

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