South Sudanese returnees from Uganda in dire need of assistance

Internally displaced persons sit under a tree in Yei. (Credit: Radio Tamazuj)

South Sudanese returnees from Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are in dire need of humanitarian assistance in Yei River County of Central Equatoria State, a local official has said.

Speaking to Radio Tamazuj yesterday (Friday), the coordinator for Yei River County Relief and Rehabilitation Commission Mr Moses Mabe, called on humanitarian organisations operating in the area to provide shelter and food assistance to the voluntary returnees who reintegrated into the community saying they are suffering.

 “Since the beginning of the year up to December we have so far received more than 10, 000 voluntary returnees from Uganda and Congo and things are hard for them. They have not received anything and as government, I am appealing to the humanitarian partners to render assistance in terms of shelter and food so that they can re-start their livelihoods,” Mr Mabe said.   

Hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese fled the country into Uganda and DR Congo at the height of the conflict in 2016.

After the signing of the revitalised peace agreement in 2018, hundreds are returning to resettle back home.

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