Home | News    Sunday 30 March 2014

Sudanese refugees in S. Sudan’s Maban county face critical situation: SRRA

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

March 29, 2014 (KHARTOUM) - Blue Nile refugees are in critical situation and need the protection and support of the United Nations agencies, as they are asked to evacuate their camps in South Sudan’s Maban county, said the humanitarian arm of the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement- North (SPLM-N) on Saturday .

JPEG - 23.4 kb
Refugees from Blue Nile state arrive at the Yusuf Batil refugee camp in South Sudan’s Upper Nile state on 22 June 2012. The site is currently home to almost 40,000 refugees (Photo: Giulio Petrocco/AFP/Getty Images)

In a statement signed by its chairman Neroun Philip, the Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Agency (SRRA) said the Sudanese refugees from Blue Nile state are facing a difficult choice as the host community of Maban county in Unity state, which is controlled by the South Sudanese government, asked them to leave the area.

Tensions between two communities "started early this month, as a result of accusations of livestock theft and cutting down of trees has aggravated their situation, the youth from Maban have recently demanded the refugees to be evacuated immediately but an intervention of the Maban county commissioner has secured a more realistic two month deadline," said the statement .

Philip called on the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) to protect the Sudanese refugees in South Sudan and also urged the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) "to intervene between the refugees, the Maban host community and the government of South Sudan to locate secure camps for the refugees".

There are 122000 Sudanese refugees residing in four refugees camps of Kaya, Yousif Batil, Doro and Gindrassa in Maban area, Upper Nile state, since the start of a rebellion in the Blue Nile in September 2011.

The humanitarian official said that Sudanese refugees cannot remain in the camps without assistance or return to their home country and face " insecurity and daily aerial bombardments from government forces where already half a million IDPs are living with little food and water and no shelter".

Sudanese government and the SPLM-N have failed to implement a tripartite humanitarian initiative aiming to deliver humanitarian assistance to the civilians affected by the nearly 3-year conflict.

The SRRA estimate that there are half a million internally displaced persons without humanitarian access in the rebel controlled areas inside the Sudan.

Since the start of the South Sudanese crisis and the emergence of a new rebellion led by the former vice-president Riek Machar last December, the Unity state suffers from insecurity and violence. The rebels hold the southern areas of the state while the government still control the northern, and eastern areas Maban and Melut.

SITUATION IN YIDA CAMP

Regarding the refugees from the Nuba Mountains in South Kordofan in Yida camp near the border, the humanitarian official called on the UNHCR to not deny education to 25,000 school age children before they move to the new camp of Ajoung Thok.

He added that the UN refugee agency also refused to register and deliver ration cards to some 1,300 people who recently arrived to Yida fleeing the dry season offensive in South Kordofan, and asked them to move directly to Ajuong Thok camp.

UNHCR has since last year been moving Sudanese refugees from the crowded and insecure Yida, located near a contested section of the border between the two Sudans.

But many Sudanese refugees refused to move preferring Yida where there are some 82,000 people, saying it allows them to inspect their houses and villages whenever they can.

(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


South Sudan: A tragedy of resignation and rebellion 2017-02-18 22:33:04 By Deng Kiir Akok Dictionary.com defined resignation as formal statement, document stating that one gives up an office or position. While on the other hand, rebellion is a resistance to or (...)

Quantifying human destruction and suffering in Sudan 2017-02-13 21:05:29 The grim calculus of international policies and politics By Eric Reeves Towards the end of her long chapter on the Rwanda genocide in “A Problem From Hell” (2002), Samantha Power renders a moment (...)

The inclusion of women in the peacemaking process 2017-02-12 23:54:36 By Adeeb Yousif The idea of this is to guide and provide an analysis of the impact of female activism on peace building efforts and it will discuss the effects of such activism on the ability to (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


Militias of Bashir’s Regime and the Proxy War (1) 2017-02-08 21:49:09 Sudan Democracy First Group Militias of Bashir’s Regime and the Proxy War (1) War in the Blue Nile: Militias in the hunt of refugees and displaced population Introduction Throughout its rule, (...)

More refugees flee to Uganda than across Mediterranean 2017-01-25 09:15:39 January 25, 2017 Uganda welcomed more refugees last year than the total number of refugees and migrants crossing the Mediterranean into Europe. “Europe should learn from the way Uganda and other (...)

Carter Center welcomes new regulations on humanitarian affairs 2017-01-12 07:53:16 The Carter Center ATLANTA, Januarg 11, 2017 – The Carter Center welcomes the recent regulations issued by the government of Sudan aimed at facilitating humanitarian relief throughout the country (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2017 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.