REPATRIATED – Over 60 IDPs from Juba to Unity State
By Chany Ninrew
At least 64 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) were successfully repatriated to Unity State with the help of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in collaboration with the government.
This was revealed to Juba Monitor yesterday, by Chuol Samuel Tet the Director General in state Ministry of Information yesterday.
“We received the third batch of returnees from Juba, about 14 households who have decided to come back home and start a new life here,” he confirmed.
According to him, the returnees are currently receiving food and non-food assistance from humanitarian agencies and WFP.
One of the returnees identified as Nyapuoka Kon told Juba Monitor that she is happy to be back home.
“I am very happy to have come back to my home in Bentiu since the conflict started, I ask everyone to embrace peace and unity among ourselves,” she said.
For his part, the state Secretary General Dak William expressed the government’s willingness to provide land for the IDPs.
“It is our obligation as state government to guarantee the resettlement and reunification of the returnees with their communities, and as such we will allocate land to them,” William said.
However, the state official appealed to IDPs and refugees to return home citing peace and improved security situation.
“We urge the IDPs and refugees who are in Bentiu and elsewhere to come back to their homeland because now the security has improved and they can go anywhere without any threat, this is their home and they need to come back and contribute into their state development,” he said.
UNHCR is reportedly registering Internally Displaced Persons who are willing to return to their places of origin in the POC-1 and POC-3 of Juba and Mangateen Internally Displaced Persons camp.