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25,000 South Sudanese voluntarily returned from Sudan

August 26, 2019
(KHARTOUM) – The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs or OCHA reported that nearly more than South Sudanese refugees returned from Sudan voluntarily in June and July.
OCHA quoted a UNHCR report that many of them returned to Unity State, while a smaller number arrived in Upper Nile.
The Office said staple food prices remained at the highest level recorded in the past three years.
It reported that increase of malaria cases continue, causing illness and deaths especially among children due to the rainy season intensification across the country.

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The Office also reported forty-four access incidents in July where fourteen were as a result of criminality, mostly targeting humanitarian organizations in Juba, the country;s capital.
OCHA said there were active hostilities around Maiwut town and humanitarian activities for displaced people and returnees in the area were affected.
Humanitarian organizations operating in the area relocated 10 staff, it added.
About two million South Sudanese are internally displaced, while about 2.5 million South Sudanese refugees fled nearby countries such as Uganda, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Democratic Republic of the Congo, and over 60% of them are children under 18 years old.
President Museveni, of neighboring Uganda has said the recent signing of the peace agreement between rival factions in South Sudan will ensure that peace prevails in the region and that refugees return home and embark on their normal lives.
Uganda’s welcoming attitude towards refugees has been praised by the UN and other international organisations.
The government gives South Sudanese a plot of land to allow them to build a home and start a farm.
(South Sudan NEWS PORTAL)

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