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Khartoum locality to remove camp housing South Sudanese refugees

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May 26, 2014 (KHARTOUM) – The coordinating committee for security affairs in Khartoum has decided to remove a refugee camp located between al-Azozab and al-Shajara neighbourhoods, south of the Sudanese capital.

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South Sudanese refugees cook on an open fire at a camp run by the Sudanese Red Crescent Society in the western part of White Nile state, Sudan, on January 27, 2014 (Photo AFP/Ashraf Shazly)

The decision was made following complaints from residents about the increasing negative practices and threats to the community’s security.

The Sudanese government had placed hundreds of South Sudan’s citizens in that camp in order to deport them to their country. There has been reports that additional numbers have entered the camp following the outbreak of conflict in South Sudan last year.

Fighting in South Sudan broke out in December after clashes erupted between forces loyal to president Salva Kiir Mayardit and his former deputy, Riek Machar.

The violence has forced tens of thousands to seek shelter in United Nations camps for protection. The five-month-old conflict has killed tens of thousands of people and displaced more than 1.3 million.

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) estimates that 79,700 South Sudanese have fled to Sudan.

But government reports in Khartoum put the number at 22,700 people, saying the newcomers join their relatives who stay in open areas in the Sudanese capital, as well other areas on the city outskirts.

Intensive discussion took place in recent weeks to transfer 6,000 refugees from the open areas in Khartoum to Jebel al-Awliya area in the far south of the capital.

Last Month, the UN office in Sudan disclosed an disagreement between the UNHCR and the Sudanese government on the description of the South Sudanese citizens who fled to Sudan due to the ongoing conflict in the newborn state.

Khartoum since the start of South Sudanese crisis refuses to describe them as refugees saying they will be considered as Sudanese citizens and are free to settle where they want, but at the same time it refuses to establish refugees camps near the border fearing that rebels seek refuges there.

Khartoum’s locality commissioner, Omer Nimir, told the government-sponsored Sudan Media Center (SMC) website on Monday that the decision to transfer the refugee camp was made following complaints from local residents.

He said the camp was temporarily established until refugees return to their country, demanding the Southerners to adjust their status according to the provisions of the immigration and nationality act and within the timeframe determined by the ministry of interior so as not to be exposed to legal accountability.

In a related issue, Nimir revealed they will begin arresting and deporting all foreigners who are in violation of the provisions of the immigration and nationality act and illegally reside in the locality following the end of the time limit.

He stressed the move is intended to curb proliferation of crimes and the negative phenomena committed by illegal immigrants.

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  • 27 May 08:49, by Akol Liai Mager

    All this suffering is just because of power, someone wants power by all means and the other wants to be there by all means and the innocent civilians are the ones to pay heavy price whilst the leaders get maximum protection from their own armies. So, there is no blame to anyone else including Khartoum’s NIF Regime.

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  • 27 May 09:03, by Jalaby

    Well, they were complaining before against Arab/Jalaba in Sudan of treating them as 2nd class citizens, ironically after they chose the separation they lost the 2nd class citizen classification and became not even 3rd or 4th citizens,they became refugees and foreigners!
    They’ve no right to resist or complain as before on what ever place Khartoum government will decide

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    • 27 May 09:18, by Jalaby

      to put them in, before, and as Sudanese citizens they could resist or even rebel against any Khartoum decision they don’t like but not anymore!
      Well,elites and SPLA/M leaders fooled them,they promised them the paradise in the south,the freedom,the country of law and justice,the country of non marginalization and equal right,they promised them, promised and promised...

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      • 27 May 09:29, by Jalaby

        Ironically, they left Sudan to south Sudan as Sudanese citizens to live in the paradise that elites and SPLA/M leaders promised them but they found bunch of elites thieves in the south and no country but big jungle where no place for weak people, ironically they came back to Sudan again but as refugees and foreigners this time!!

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        • 27 May 09:34, by Jalaby

          I believe those poor people got nothing other than the fake air and Arab wisdom which says "they neither got the grapes of Yemen nor the dates of Sham (Syria)" applies on them completely!!

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