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S. Sudan displacement crisis still desperate after peace deal: report

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September 3, 2019 (JUBA/NAIROBI) - Millions of South Sudanese remain displaced as the country continues to face a humanitarian crisis and people fear that peace may not last a year after the signing of the revitalized accord, a new report has revealed.

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IDPs preparing to leave UNMISS camp in Wau heading to Bessilia before the alleged attack on the SPLA force escorting them on 24 September 2018 (Photo Miraya Radio)

The report, entitled No Simple Solutions: Women, Displacement and Durable Solutions in South Sudan, is by Oxfam, Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), Care Foundation, Danish Refugee Council, and South Sudanese organizations, Nile Hope and Titi Foundation highlights the experiences of women in transit and the conditions they need in order to return home.

It says women, who lead the vast majority of displaced households, may be especially vulnerable, including facing the threat of sexual violence.

“While some women have begun returning to South Sudan, many are not going back to their homes but seeking a safer and better place to live,” partly reads the report released on Wednesday.

After five years of brutal conflict, more than seven million South Sudanese – over half the country’s population - are in need of humanitarian assistance.

Homes, schools and hospitals have been destroyed and it will take years for essential infrastructure and services to recover.

“Since the signing of the revitalized peace deal, armed clashes between parties have reduced, bringing tentative hope to many. But because of the slow implementation of the deal, many women told us they are still not sure if lasting peace is at hand,” said Elysia Buchanan from Oxfam South Sudan.

The civil war also fueled the rise of sexual violence, including rape as a weapon of war, and the abduction of women and girls who were forced into sexual slavery.

With the sheer scale of the crisis, and endemic levels of sexual and gender-based violence, a South Sudanese woman activist quoted in the report warned humanitarian agencies against rushing to support people to return home.

“This would be like throwing people from one frying pan to another. Humanitarian actors should take things slow, until refugees and internally displaced people can move themselves,” it stressed.

Due to the ongoing humanitarian crisis, people returning from neighboring countries often find themselves in more difficult conditions than when they were displaced, including struggling to find somewhere to live.

“Time and again, women spoke to us of the challenges they face in returning to their homes. They make the journey back, only to find that their houses and properties were completely destroyed, or had already been occupied by strangers, sometimes soldiers,” said Connolly Butterfield, the Protection and Gender Specialist of NRC.

“Some of the women said that if they try to reclaim their properties, they have no means of support. They are more likely to be threatened or exposed to physical or sexual assault,” she added.

It is estimated some 60 percent of displaced South Sudanese have been displaced more than once, and one in 10 have been displaced more than five times.

The report urged humanitarian agencies to do more help to people caught in the endless cycle of movement.

“After years of conflict, it will take time for the country to recover. The warring parties who signed the peace deal must ensure that the agreement leads to lasting changes on the ground, not just in terms of security, but also in terms of improving the lives of the South Sudanese people,” said Martha Nyakueka, the Gender and Protection Coordinator of the national NGO Nile Hope.

South Sudan descended into civil war in mid-December 2013 and the ongoing conflict has created one of the fastest-growing refugee crises in the world.

In September 2018, South Sudan’s conflicting parties signed a final peace deal in Addis Ababa after negotiations brokered by the Sudanese government and mandated by regional nations.

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  • 4 September 10:45, by Eastern

    This is a lie...! ALL South Sudanese are now home after the signing of the feace agreement; it’s a lie.

    Even Nile Hope, a Nuer led organisation, headquartered in Nuer heartland of Akobo should be deluded of displacement after ’feace has come’ is ridiculous...

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    • 4 September 11:22, by South South

      Eastern,

      Next year, everything will be ok. For peace to work, it will take time.

      By the way: "ALL South Sudanese are now home after the signing of the feace agreement;"

      Do you mean peace in English or feace in Karo language? You need to read " Gulliver Travel" and find out the language of talking horses, it’s called there "Yahoo". How do we call the language of talking monkeys? Maybe "Karoyoo"

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      • 4 September 12:16, by Eastern

        South South,

        It’s only in your tiny rat-like brain that feace happens and requires time. Peace is not an event.

        Your usual diversion aside, douchebag, after the forthcoming Kiir-Machar meeting in Juba, the status quo shall remain and more displacement, famine and other crises shall continue...The regime change agenda is still MORE THAN alive...!

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      • 4 September 13:11, by The Rhino

        South South,

        Eastern was sarcastically mocking you with that word ’feace’ for peace.You jienges with your butchered mouths(missing teeth) have terrible word pronunciation.Ask expert Eastern..how do fucking jienges shout out words like ’SPLA Oyee’,Peace in South Sudan’,or Issues with Specificity’.You’ll be shocked to hear what comes out of a jienges mouth/weird English.An Oxford English teacher...

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        • 4 September 13:18, by The Rhino

          South South,

          ..would pull out a coffin for his massacred English.Your Michael Makuei Lueth is one good representative(another difficult word) for such dead English!You damned jienges are terrible in all aspects,losers!

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          • 4 September 16:30, by Eastern

            The Rhino,

            Thank you bro...! ECYELE Oyee...! Thout Thudan oyee...!

            In the name beauty and meaningless bravery they have chosen to disfigure themselves, ya jama!

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            • 4 September 18:07, by The Rhino

              Eastern,

              I can’t stop laughing!!!Thank you!This is real,anybody who have heard those awkward frequencies at close range,trashing out of a jienges mouth,can never stop laughing to death!This is exactly the case,no doubt!

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              • 9 September 08:08, by Anthony

                The bari chimp, Eastern cunt(lotuko ape🦍)
                Aww sorry you charcoal faced idiots but your folks cant properly pronounce English words either. In fact most of them are illiterate.

                Do you retards know what an accent is? The Japanese can’t properly pronounce the letter L and other sounds in the english language. The Japanese are far superior to your primitive ugly charcoal tribes😂

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          • 9 September 08:04, by Anthony

            The bari slave
            Oh, it seems the ugly bari chimp🐒 thinks its a white Englishman? Wow. Maybe it should wear a blonde wig or weave, bleach its charcoal black skin(Darkest in the world. The complete opposite of an englishmans) and get plastic surgery to fix it’s ugly, apelike features(It’s too poor to afford that since it lives off of one dollar 1 a day)

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          • 9 September 08:14, by Anthony

            The Black bitch
            Whenever You post your retarded comments it proves racists that say "black africans have the lowest IQs and are the most most intellectually poor race on earth" true. Bravo for proving their claims you low IQ retard. Koko the Gorilla🦍 definitely had a higher IQ than your inbred village ass.(who doesn’t even know what an IQ is lol🤣)

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        • 4 September 13:41, by South South

          The Rhino,

          Very good try to help your monkey brother with "Karoyoo" English. No, no, you can’t help him monkey.

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