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Over 43,000 southerners still stranded in Sudanese towns: IOM

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July 16, 2013 (JUBA) - Over 900 people previously stranded in the border town of Renk in Upper Nile arrived in the South Sudan capital on Monday after a two-week barge trip, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said.

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Passengers wave as the first barge arrives at Juba port (IOM)

The returnees were welcomed at Juba Port by family members, friends and officials from IOM, the Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management ministry and South Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Commission (SSRRC).

South Sudan’s Humanitarian Affairs minister, while welcoming the returnees, acknowledged that his government requires continued support from partners to help those stranded return to locations of their choice.

According to IOM, over 43,000 people were still stranded in settlements within Khartoum and Kosti towns, living under difficult conditions.

“It is our hope that all South Sudanese people who are stranded and wish to move to other locations can be assisted,” said Joseph Lual Acuil.

"We cannot do this without our humanitarian partners, and without the support of the donors," he added.

The returnees, IOM said in a statement, were registered upon arrival in Juba and will now be transported by road to destinations of their choice. According to IOM, most of them prefer settling in the Greater Bahr el Ghazal and Greater Equatoria regions.

"On their two week journey in four barges, a small number of returnees disembarked along the way in locations as Melut, Malakal, Shambe and Bor," partly reads the IOM statement extended to Sudan Tribune.

Meanwhile, IOM says it has provided assistance to over transport over 5,000 returnees to their final destinations this year alone.

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  • 17 July 2013 07:22, by Mapuor

    More than 43,000 South Sudanese almost half a million still stranded in Sudanese towns according to the IOM hahahah how many South Sudanese were in the North?,are they from which parts of South Sudan?how many have come to the South since 2005?,how much money was used in transporting those who came back so far?Hahah there is something fishy going on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • 17 July 2013 07:24, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

    All stranded are Nuer food lovers who still maiitias with no doubt, now they are lying
    Read this shit yea silly inadequate motherfucker called viper, your father Riek pout Nyuon is in trouble with his own food lover community themselves,
    http://www.sudaneseonline.com/news/7693-nuer-community-leaders-and-intellectuals-call-for-the-removal-of-dr-riek-machar.html
    Death to Riek

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    • 17 July 2013 10:18, by Nuer Empire

      Thank to God for u working with mentalic sick Gordan Buay Malek.These are fake names revealed by unconfirmed Gordan Buay Malek in the Nuer families due to his Dinka origin.Go and work with him.He is under rejected lists.Nobody will ever dare to follow Dr Riek Machar and choose to vote for Awanchandog son.
      The Nuer Empire

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  • 17 July 2013 07:55, by Agutthon

    I don’t know why IOM is always reporting about people who clearly chose to be their. It is also despicable for the government to pour money for their so-called return. During the war, they went their without IOM or assistance from the South. They should treated like any other South Sudanese all over the world, no exception. On many occasions, once they are assisted to return they cry for jobs and

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  • 17 July 2013 07:57, by Agutthon

    blame the very government who brought them back to the South.

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    • 17 July 2013 10:13, by LL Reuben

      Agutthon,
      IOM is one those organizations that capitalizes when an opportunity present itself. RSS is a perfect place for these self-purported humantarian organizations. Those who’re claiming to be still "stranded" in the North either chose to stay wishfully or IOM is crafting business of the whole thing as always expected. In either case they should be left to find their way southward whenever.

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  • 17 July 2013 09:45, by Marco Bul

    How did they go there(North) in the first place without IOM n Gov’t assistance? These people are either "recycling" or the IOM is soliciting "funds".I heard they carry "everything" even redundances.

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  • 17 July 2013 11:32, by Makuen Ci Nhomwan

    Great Job and great thankz to OIM for bringing poorest and vulnerable communities to South Sudan. they were about to die their if there is no iom they would have simply dies of diseases and hunger May GOD BLESS IOM.i strongly believe OIM doing a very good job for repartraition.

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  • 17 July 2013 14:17, by Wani khooto

    dear all
    those returnees where thinking that s-sudan will never gain independent, what were the been doing since up to now in north,shame on them but any way the are our failure brothers so welcome home.

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  • 17 July 2013 23:25, by Jubawe

    OOOOH HOLY GOD, AGAINST ROBBERS, LOOTER’S AND DINKA’S KILLER ARE ARRIVE IN JUBA, PLEASE RETURN THEM BACK TO THEIR VILLAGES, THEY’RE GOING TO STAY JOBLESS AND THEN START KILLING AND ROBBING PEOPLE AT STREET, BELIEVE, THOSE DINKA’S ARRIVE WILL START CAUSING IN SECURITY JUBA AGAINST, WE WELCOME WISE DINKA’S ONLY BUT NOT BRIANLESS CATTLE’S RAIDER LIKE PRESIDENT KIRR

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