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Sudan takes new measures to control South Sudanese refugee camps after riots


Parts of Al-waral refugee camp in the White Nile State devastated after riots on 3 3 August 2017 (ST photo)
August 4, 2017 (KHARTOUM) - Sudan’s Ministry of Interior on Thursday decided to take new measures in South Sudanese refugee camps in the White Nile State following recent riots in the southern state.

Violence broke out Tuesday at Khor Al-Waral Camp, the biggest South Sudanese refugee camp in the White Nile State which houses over 53,000 refugees, while there are more than 160,000 refugees in the whole state

The scale and cause of the trouble were not immediately clear, however, pictures posted on social media showed smoke billowing from the camp and burnt huts.

Also, there were reports that four Sudanese teachers have been raped in the incident.

Sudan’s State Interior Minister Babekir Digna on Thursday has inspected the camp, saying the law would be applied on all those responsible for the incident.

He told the official news agency SUNA that new measures would be implemented regarding allowing entry to the camp, saying they have informed the chiefs of the camp about the new measures.

Digna said the UNHCR’s representative in Sudan, Noriko Yoshida underscored full respect for the laws to protect the public safety, pointing the conditions at the camp are stable and the police and security forces have brought the situation under control.

For her part, Yoshida has denounced the incident, saying she is accompanying the Sudanese officials to address the situation in the camp.

She expressed solidarity with the families of the victims, saying the law must the law must apply to everyone without exception.

The UN official further called on the refugees to renounce violence, urging the residents to maintain security and peace inside the camps.

Meanwhile, the government of the White Nile State Friday said investigations have begun with 78 accused in the Khor Al- Waral incident.

The state governor Abdel-Hamid Musa Kasha stressed the government will bring the perpetrators to justice, saying they deal with the South Sudanese refugee as citizens.

In the same context, the World Health Organization (WHO) representative in Sudan.Naeema Al-Gasseer, have visited the teachers who have been assaulted in the camp incident at the Kosti Hospital.

She called to renounce violence and promote values of tolerance, expressing regret over the violence suffered by a number of teachers.

Al-Gasseer pointed to the UN principles promoting tolerance, saying the assailants would be put to trial following the completion of the investigations conducted by the relevant authorities.

According to the UN, more than 410,000 South Sudanese — nearly 90% of them women and children — have fled to Sudan since the outbreak of civil war in 2013.

South Sudan seceded from Sudan on July 9th, 2011 following a referendum on whether the semi-autonomous region should remain a part of the country or become independent. 99% of the Southern Sudanese voters chose Independence.


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  • 5 August 2017 07:11, by Lenin Bull

    East or west, north or south, home is the sweet place to be in.Let us not destroy or desrespect our homeland South Sudan and deceive ourselves that we will go and get peace and dignity somewhere. Why going to refugee camps only to continue with this IO barbarism on innocent women, children, elderly, disabled ,etc?

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    • 5 August 2017 14:52, by Redeemer

      Why the cause is not being mentioned, I personally doubt this was a cover, Sudan might have done something fishy

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  • 5 August 2017 17:29, by Lenin Bull

    Redeemer, please call our South Sudanese in White Nile State in Sudan and they will tell you that Sudan government attacked that refugee camp with a full SAF battalion which indiscriminately sprayed the camp with bullets and RPGs killing all they could see and those fled to bush towards South Sudan were bombed with gunship helicopters and antonovs. It was a real disaster never seen before.

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  • 5 August 2017 17:37, by Lenin Bull

    Now the SPLA-IO Nuer and Shilluk refugees are returning to the same towns in Shilluk territories whom they destroyed through sheer madness and stupidity. They are being rescued by the gallant SPLA government forces at South Sudan border with Sudan from Arab rage in Sudan. My friend the only precious gift GOD the ALMIGHTY has given us lovingly is South SUDAN may GOD bless it with peace!

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  • 5 August 2017 22:52, by conservative

    This is goencid just happened awhile our government sleeping

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  • 6 August 2017 02:15, by Dak tak

    There is nothing as such in the camp, the sudanese government isn’t and will not take the habit of Salva Kiir, killing civilians.the misunderstanding in Kor alwaral is resolved and no one had a plan to return to the country as long as the incompetent and failed tribal leader remains in the helm. Otherwise your mere propaganda or wishful thinking had no place here. Kor Waral is now calm.

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  • 6 August 2017 06:07, by Whortti Bor Manza

    The majority of the residents in the camp are Dinkas fleeing hunger from NBGS and Warrap states respectively. The rapping was done by the Dinkas hired by Kiir to destabilize the camp. The UNHCR is serious because closing the camp would mean halting their lucrative business of making money from the blood of poor South Sudanese.

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