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Sudan’s southerners to become ‘foreigners’ in less than 9 months


July 25, 2011 (NAIROBI) – The status of southerners in north Sudan will be changed from “citizens” to “foreigners” in nine months, Khartoum announced on Monday as Juba assumed the moral high-ground by reaffirming that the south will give its citizenship to northerners.

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A Sudanese from the south, who stayed in the north for 21 years, stands outside her shelter at Mandela camp, in the outskirts of Khartoum, July 4, 2011 (REUTERS PICTURES)

Controversy surrounds the fate of nearly one million southern citizens in the rump of Sudan after the South declared independence on 9 July in line with the outcome of the region’s referendum on independence, a vote guaranteed under the 2005 comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) which ended more than two decades of civil war between the two sides.

Sudan’s parliament this month endorsed amendments introduced into the immigration law to strip southerners off their citizenship.

The director of the passports and civil registry, Adam Dalil Adam, on Monday said that southerners in the north will have a period of nine months after which they will be subject to all the laws regulating the presence of “foreigners” in the country.

He told the country’s official news agency SUNA that the period had already commenced with the declaration of South Sudan independence.

Conversely, South Sudan has declared that northerners living in the south will be entitled to obtain South Sudan citizenship.

South Sudan’s information minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin on Monday said that the south’s constitution will accept dual citizenship. He added that northerners living in the south may acquire citizenship as prescribed by the law.

“We would give permanent residence to Northern people who come for investment in addition to skilled workers with certain conditions that would be specified by the Department of Naturalization and Immigration Authority,” he said.


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  • 26 July 2011 08:57, by Nhomlawda

    Let them come to South Sudan or use visas and work permits to work in Sudan. Arabs should be treated the same way in South Sudan.

    Kou aye kol kou (thorn is removed with thorn)

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    • 26 July 2011 10:55, by Sam.Eto

      Southerners do not want to come to the South - so what makes you think Northerners would want to. Why do you think there is fuss over the issue. Because South Sudan does not want to cope with the millions of Southerners coming - no skills, no use ! They would rather them stay in Khartoum and maybe a few million more might go.

      Moral high ground or not - no one does it for nothing. The South is trying to prove a point and make Khartoum look bad. besides how many notherners are in the south 100 ? We know there are atleast 1 million southerners left in the North. So your moral high ground is a joke.

      Why doesnt the US and Australia take this moral high ground and give all Southerners Citizins

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      • 26 July 2011 11:27, by Bush


        Those Southerners who don’t want to come home have their own problems among those are the crimes that they committed against their relatives during the time of war.

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    • 27 July 2011 04:35, by MINDED.DUDE

      Look at the poor woman who is standing behind the mud hut!!!
      I is that what we supposed to called house? shame on you southerners who love to stay in dusty place without even single tree or grass.
      Come here,south sudan.

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  • 26 July 2011 08:59, by Aleu

    Nothing new, the Southerners Sudanese were stayed in Khartoum or Northern Sudan as a third citizens for 55 years however, this time the majority of Southern Sudanese will not blame the Khartoum government if they wanted to treat them as foreigners, they have right to do so because the South Sudan is already born young nation. It is up to those Southerners Sudanese who have dneying themselve to work very hard and establishing her nation for now.

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  • 26 July 2011 09:01, by Lorolokin

    Hey Adam Dalil,

    We don’t care about your citizenship and it will be wise if you reduce nine months to nine weeks, don’t you know that Southerners are sick in the desert against intimidation tortune maiming discrimination etc etc.
    We wanted to separate from you totally and we will not even take the shoe we bought here in the North with us including not to open RoSS embassy in Khartoum.


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  • 26 July 2011 10:44, by Bush

    In fact I care less about those Southerners who are still living in Khartoum up to now, they did participate in the war and they did not want to participate with us during the independence celebration day either, so what do they really want? What crimes did they committed in the South that is preventing them from returning home?

    Why do you want to stay in a land where you will still be consider as a second class citizen?

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  • 26 July 2011 12:20, by David Arok

    I suppose it is imperative that South Sudanese in the North should realize now that they have no mandate to live according to Khartoum new legislation. When you are already a citizen and then your citizenship is invalidate again, it is a sign of irresponsible government which is capable of doing anything they deem appropriate in their jurisdiction. I think people have seen atrocities in Darfur for number of years, and now again in Abyei, Blue Nile and South Kordofan. If South Sudanese in the north are wise enough, then I presume they should relinquish Northern Sudan now before Bashier regime will obliterate anybody they considered to have no legal right in their state. If crimes are committed in areas with UN agencies access, what about a place that human right has no ground? I asked my brothers and sisters in the North to come home before we could see another Rwanda genocide or Holocaust unfolding. I think Northern Sudan is a good place for to live if you have been given the legal recognition. And now that you are rejected then come to where you will be excepted as citizens. If you stayed in the north hoping that things will change then you should also hope for a night that you will be forceful remove in your house and be kill for wrong accusation. We are all worried about your future in the north. We all understand that South Sudan is lacking many requirements but to live is far more essential then materials. You can get anything you need in South Sudan, but unless you hope for government to provide everything for you. We all need you back home.

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    • 26 July 2011 13:33, by mohammed ali


      What are you talking about? Where are talking from? Come down and live in the RoSS before asking others to come.

      They donnot want to go to the RoSS because they find peace, security, jobs, food and respect in the Arabs, Jalabba and Munikorrows " failed state" and not in the SPLA new Sudan paradise.Even as foreginers these people prefer to live as "first class" human being in the Jalabbas country than living as " 10th class animals" in the SPLA paradise or as brainwashed " asylum seekers beggers" in a third country with no pride at all!

      The holocaust, genocide and famine is happening now in your pardise my dear.Be a man and quit your asylum status and come and help your people instead of preaching them patriotism thousands of miles away!

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      • 26 July 2011 23:49, by David Arok

        Mohammed Ali,
        Honestly tell me how a responsible government can invalidate a person with a recognisable citizenship status. You are talking of respect, peace, food and so. What constitute a best government is a realisation of common humanity. If your regime practices killing of innocent citizens in Darfur for years and now again in South Kordofan is that what you call Arabs dignity or inhumane. I suppose Northern Sudan has used resources in the South but still it seems that people have long way before Khartoum be recognise internationally as a good city. I believe for a decades now Khartoum should have been the best city in Africa and beyond because all the resources were concentrated there. However, all the money that should have been devoted to education, modern roads network, eradicating poverty, establishing good health system were used for purchasing ammunition. Is that what you call Arabs pride? I do not understand a government who can not provide these fundamental requirement and people are still talking of respect. I think you comprehend your government does not deserved respect, but you still give a blind loyalty to your government, I believe that is dishonesty. I am sure Southerners need to abandon northern Sudan because it is not safe for them and you know it, that Bashier can do anything in his authority. I acknowledge your request that I should comeback to my country but I want to tell you that I am always there. What about you? do you live in northern Sudan? Are you among the people demonstrating in streets of Khartoum because there is no water supply? I bet a person far away in his country is far better then a man who lives in his state and does not bring any change. I hope you are Bashier supporter, and if you are then I would said it is bad for you.

        You are talking of people who are brainwashed but I am sure you are among them. If you don’t understand your history you are brainwash. You call yourself an Arabs, do you know that there are no Arabs in Sudan? We only have African who are Arabs puppets. And I can not call you a puppets, but you need to define yourself. Arabs is not a person who belief in Islamic doctrine, even your president Bashier is not an Arabs. So, it is melancholic that I have to disagree with your Arabs proposition. You just African who want to be Arabs.

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  • 27 July 2011 10:12, by Sam.Eto

    Ha - I think 99.9% of the Dinka population dont know how to spell it either !

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