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Minister reveals discrepancies between Sudan, UN estimation of refugees


21 May, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan’s Interior Minister, Ibrahim Ahmad Mahmoud, has revealed that their estimates on the number of Sudanese refugees in neighbouring countries are vastly different from those of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR).

Speaking at a session of the council of states in the capital Khartoum on Monday, Mahmoud said that his ministry estimates the number of Sudanese refugees in neighbouring countries to be in the region of 244,000.

He pointed out, however, that their numbers are not consistent with UNHCR figures which put the number of Sudanese refugees in Chad at 244,172 while his ministry believes they are 100,000 to 120,000. He further added that UNHCR says there are 61,311 Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia while his ministry estimates them to be 32,589.

Mahmoud also said that his ministry disagrees with UNHCR estimates that there are 140,000 Sudanese refugees in South Sudan, saying that they believe there are only 46,000 refugees in the South Sudan.

UN agencies say that 80,000 out of 417,000 people displaced by fighting in Sudan’s border state of South Kordofan have fled to South Sudan.

The minister said that they don’t have accurate figures on the number of Sudanese refugees in Israel, attributing this to the lack of their diplomatic representation in the Jewish state. But he added that their number, according to UNHCR estimates, is 8,137 people.

In a related context, Mahmoud said that according to his ministry’s estimates, the number of foreign refugees in Sudan is more than 162,000 people.

The minister further told legislators that a new agreement had been made with the international community to rehabilitate refugee camps in the country at a cost of $13 million.


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  • 22 May 2012 10:39, by Dinkawarrior

    Khartoum is always contrasting things, why are you denying this facts. There are more than 350, 000 North Sudanese who are living in South Sudan and they’re refused to be call Arab any more.

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    • 22 May 2012 11:04, by mohammed ali

      Dinkawarrior, you have more 500,000 refugees in Khartoum , why don’t you come and take them first, then you can talk about us!

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      • 22 May 2012 12:56, by okucu pa lotinokwan

        Mahmoud,those refugee from sudan and are in south sudan their number is more bigger than that,they are not longer sudanese,they are south sudanese the black skin and brave people,in along run there will be no any Arabs in sudan.
        The prolong war of 1983 was between the black people a lone,but this time is a real war if it comes true, that is between Arabs and the black people.


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    • 22 May 2012 11:05, by Dinkawarrior

      They’re welcome to live with us as brothers and sisters but the only thing we don’t want them to do is NOT to smell on our soil!
      Kneeling on and smelling on it and lifting up heads in sky give us the clue that they’re abusing our Soil and our God in Heaven!

      South Sudan and Israel are special God’s children!

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      • 22 May 2012 11:24, by Logic

        Not long ago your ministry didn’t even acknowledge a single N.Sudanese refugee living in S.Sudan, they claimed they were all rebels. Its good you racist retards accept the truth now, even if its half truth!


        You sound as retarded as the retarded racist shimaleen on this site, everyone has the freedom to practice their religion be it a Christian, Muslim or otherwise.

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    • 22 May 2012 15:15, by Deng


      If you have plenty of time after your 5 daily rakat, I suggest something more fun than bitching about SPLA 24/7 online. You can come suck my dick and drink my water. if that isnt enough, then please bring some lubricant along with you, and make sure you carry water to wash your sticky ass....No matter how much you bitch about Pagan Amum, nothing will change his stance towards NCP

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  • 22 May 2012 10:45, by Abraham Ayom

    It’s these people behavior/habit, Criticism, denial for the actual fact & Parallel direction. This is how they were denying the actual population for southerners in the north during census. What is their base for determining the actual refugees figures? It’s just an assumption. UHCR has records, so their estimation is correct.

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  • 22 May 2012 10:49, by wang

    Darkangel and Northern Sudan,
    Do the Math
    North Sudan Refuges
    Chad in 244,172
    61,311 in Ethiopia
    417,000 in South Sudan
    8137 in Israel
    So when these people will be returning back to Sudan guys?
    Whole Western and central Sudan counted for more than 10 million in Sudan population are being feeding by UN.
    You are embarrassing yourselves when you talk about South Issues without sorting your

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    • 22 May 2012 18:57, by Northern Sudanese


      You better learn both math and english . the number of sudanese refugees overall is 244,000 and you say 417,000 in south sudan alone? are you fucked?

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  • 22 May 2012 10:50, by wang

    You are embarrassing yourselves when you talk about South Issues without sorting your shits first

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  • 22 May 2012 10:51, by wang

    You are embarrassing yourselves when you talk about South Issues without sorting your shits first

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    • 22 May 2012 11:14, by SEE ME

      Full respect for the GOS as they treated thier southern brothers to return to RSS in a very polite manner.

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      • 22 May 2012 11:16, by SEE ME

        Simles on their faces and gifts from Sudanese civil defence are in their hands.
        That is polite culture of polite nation of SUDAN

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        • 22 May 2012 13:17, by Observer

          Another of my fellow countrymen who comes on here with absolutely no knowledge of reality in our country (Sudan)
          What gifts and what smiles from Civil Defence when the Southerners leave Khartoum? Daily the returnees are harassed, arrested and have their possessions stolen.. by our "smiling" Govt employees. get out of your comfortable goverment job and take a look.

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          • 22 May 2012 13:41, by SEE ME

            Very simple ask the representitives of UN about it.

            What is wrong with you brother?

            Try and try to free yourself from this unjustified hatred to all !!!!!

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            • 23 May 2012 11:13, by Observer


              Are you talking to me? I work in a field that means I know what I am talking about.

              Also you should know, that in this day of technology that it is possible to find out what people who are on the internet, their ISP. This is not the IP provider but the ISP. Yours along with the other "mouths" on here from our country all show the same one. I draw my conclusions about who you work for

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  • 22 May 2012 18:55, by Northern Sudanese

    we only have 244,000 refugees in all the world. the rest are just foreigners. the UNHCR has a history of keeping Sudan as a poor nation. they make up lots of propaganda.

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  • 28 July 2012 18:18, by danaray79

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