Home | News    Monday 13 January 2014

UN figures on South Sudanese refugees in Sudan are incorrect: official

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

January 12, 2014 (KHARTOUM) - Sudanese refugee commissioner rejected statistics about the number of South Sudanese refugees provided by the United Nations agency for refugees (UNHCR) saying they are unreliable .

JPEG - 19.1 kb
A South Sudanese girl sleeps as people go about their daily life in Minkammen, on the outskirts of Bor, on January 8, 2014 (PhotoAFP /Nichole Sobecki)

Hamad El-Gizouli on Sunday evening was reacting to a statement by UNHCR external relations officer Nicolas Brass who estimated that at least 10,000 South Sudanese refugees have arrived in Sudan since the start of fighting in the neighbouring country last December.

Speaking in a TV show, El-Gizouli stated that the number of South Sudanese refuges in the country did not bypass 1,371 individuals, adding that the estimation produced by the UN "is incorrect".

Sudanese president Omer Al-Bashir, following a visit to Juba last Monday said his country is open for the South Sudanese who flee the ongoing conflict in the neighbouring country, but emphasised they would not establish refugee camps for them.

Sudan refuses to establish camps for its nationals who fled the ongoing armed conflict in South Kordofan and Blue Nile state. The IDPs are encouraged to settle in the different regions but the government encourages and supports their return once the security situation is normal, as it was the case for IDPs in North Kordofan state and some areas of the Blue Nile.

In a briefing note released on Friday 10 January, the UNHCR said the number of South Sudanese refugees who fled to the neighbouring countries has reached 43,000 people.

"As of Wednesday, 32,443 South Sudanese had arrived in Uganda, 4,754 in Kenya’s Kakuma Refugee Camp, some 6,000 in Ethiopia and at least several hundred in Sudan, with unconfirmed reports of thousands having fled there", reads the briefing.

Regarding the number of South Sudanese fleeing to Uganda, the refugees agency said between 4,000 to 5,000 people arrive there on daily basis.

The HCR further said that there are some 232,000 internally displaced persons including 65,000 sheltered at 10 UN compounds across the South Sudan.

The refugee agency said it projects additional displacement between now and April and estimated that the number of South Sudanese refugees could reach 125,000 people and the IDPs could rise to 400,000.

(ST)

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.

Comment on this article


 
 

The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.


Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


A brief history one man’s destructive misrepresentations 2015-04-18 08:07:54 By Eric Reeves Al Jazeera America is currently airing a two-part documentary that attempts to represent the character and causes of the catastrophe that has overtaken South Sudan following the (...)

Sudan’s election marred by arbitrary detention, and insecurity 2015-04-18 06:31:10 By African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies Sudan’s national general elections began on 13 April 2015. Scheduled to end on 15 April, they were extended one day by the National Elections (...)

President Bashir’s elections: victory by default 2015-04-16 21:24:18 By Magdi El Gizouli Two days before the start of polling in Sudan’s ongoing elections on 13 April a quarter-page insert in the Khartoum newspaper al-Intibaha congratulated the former finance (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


Sudanese security arrest rights defender Adil Bakheit 2015-04-18 08:04:21 FRONT-LINE DEFENDRSPress StatementSudan Human rights defender Adil Bakheit arrested Human rights defender Mr Adil Bakheit was arrested on 16 April 2015 by the National Intelligence and Security (...)

Which do you choose? Peace or War? 2015-04-18 06:16:42 To the South Sudanese Diaspora Which do you choose? Peace or War? Coalition of Advocates for South Sudan, April 11, 2015 “The Voice of the South Sudanese Diaspora” Who are/What is the South (...)

Seventy-six organizations call for publication of AU Inquiry Report as deadline for peace passes 2015-03-07 05:04:51 6 March 2015: FOR Immediate Release SOUTH SUDAN: The African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council (PSC) should immediately consider, publish and disseminate the final report of the Commission (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2015 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.