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Civilians increasingly leaving Bentiu protection site: IOM South Sudan


Residents of Bentiu Protection of Civilians site pictured on 15 February 2016 (UNMISS photo)
March 3, 2018 (JUBA) - The United Nations Migration agency, IOM, recorded in a recent report about the movement of population that civilians who leave the Protection of Civilians (PoC) site in Bentiu are more important than those who arrive to the United Nations camp.

In a report covering the week of 16 - 22 February 2018, the Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) Unit of IOM South Sudan which is mandated to capture and monitor displacement and population movements, said 607 individuals were recorded entering and exiting.

DTM said 484 individuals left Bentiu PoC during the reporting period, confirming what it is noted about the movement of civilians in the previous weeks.

"While 60 percent intended to stay at their respective destinations for 4-6 months, 34 percent intended to stay for over 6 months. Family reunification was the most common reason for exit (38%) followed by education (13%)".

The figures provided by the IOM unit allow the UN agencies particularly the humanitarian groups to have a better understanding of the movements and evolving needs of populations in the displacement sites.

It also serves as a measure of the security situation and level of troubles in the area.

The report said only 123 people arrived at the site and intend to remain for more than six months.

"Half of all tracked individuals entered to join their families and 19 percent cited food shortages. 41 percent arrived from Unity (mostly Rukona and Leer). 20% arrived from Sudan," it explained.

Benitu Protection of Civilians (PoC) site, which was originally designed to accommodate 60,000 people, hosts, in fact, some 115,000 civilians who fled their homes in December 2013, when fighting erupted between government forces and opposition fighter.

Up to June 2016, some 36,000 left the camp as the UNMISS increased patrols and aid workers had access to the civilians. But after the resumption of the fighting in Juba in July 2016, the number of the site residents reached 120,000.


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  • 4 March 01:20, by South South

    Peaceful situation in Great Upper Nile is obvious. People need to come out from this shit called (PoC), South Sudan is back to its normal. Let’s enjoy peaceful life.

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    • 4 March 06:25, by jubaone

      South South,
      People running away from a kiirminal system that should be protecting them in the first place. Others are fleeing to Sudan, Equatoria, Uganda. A president of an empty country but full of cows and flies. Fortunate jienge settlers squatting in Equatoria, land of milk and honey, others dashed to Uganda and Kenya.

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      • 4 March 07:26, by South South


        IOM in South Sudan is not with government of South Sudan, so this news came from very third party. South Sudan is under controlled of our government. There is no single reason for people to leave UN camps, only they see security in South Sudan. Your uncle who formed NAS needs to shred it. This is a Bari movement. No other tribes in Equatoria want it including Bari.

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      • 4 March 08:30, by Kush Natives

        You didn’t understood the article well, read it again, people are leaving to their home.....

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      • 4 March 14:11, by Marco A. Wek

        Jubaone, how could Equatoria be land of milk and honey when you asshole don’t have cows. Do you mean monkeys’ milk?

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        • 4 March 15:16, by Lenin Bull

          Good piece of information Marco A. Wek. These guys pretend to hate living cows but when it comes to meat, they eat it more greedily than carnivores. Their children need cow milk. This is chicken brain or they have their dungs in their heads rather in their buttocks.

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  • 4 March 06:35, by Lenin Bull

    Sincere congratulations and appreciations to those citizens who have decided to leave the POC for their villages or other towns across the country. The war is over. The damned SPLM-IO got what it wanted in South Sudan by killing innocent people, destroyed towns, looted properties, displaced civilians, and shamelessly surrendered to the same government finally!! Shame on them.

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  • 4 March 06:43, by Lenin Bull

    These mongrels in SPLM-IO are lucky that they are dealing with a president like Salva Kiir who have not read Sun Tzu, Niccolo Machiaveli, Thomas Hobbes, Lenin, Museveni, etc and apply them in his art of governance. These bastards would have regreted for the rest of their lives for what they have done to our young country. In short it was a high treason and national betrayal to shame us to Arabs.

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  • 4 March 06:48, by Lenin Bull

    Those IDPs remaining in POCs will be dickenized. Let them learn what happened recently in Wau POC. Unless if SPLA-IO don’t want their wives anymore and don’t want dowries from their virgin daughters and sisters!! Game over for SPLA-IO( Riek faction)!!

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  • 4 March 07:14, by doot

    They must seek assurance from government first.
    This will guarantee them protection.Safety is priority.

    Both government,& UN must step-up, and provide necessary Protection to civillians.

    By Mamer Doot

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    • 4 March 07:28, by South South

      You are very right Doot, the assurance from our government is there for all South Sudanese citizens. Please leave UN alone, there are people in UN who are in South Sudan to make living only.

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