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Difficult conditions await Jonglei returnees


May 16, 2012 (BOR) – Mary Ayen left Port Sudan in May 2011 and reached Bor on July 18, 2011 but she is yet to get a plot to settle on or a shelter to cover her head and those of her five children. The same fate awaits 15,000 returnees Jonglei state is expected to receive in the next few weeks.

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South Sudan Red Cross Society in Bor prepares to distribute non-food items to returnees and Internally Displaced Persons in Bor on April 28, 2012 (ST)

Another woman, identifying herself only as Apajook, left Damazine in June last year and went straight to her village in Bor county before fleeing back to the town after insecurity there worsened. Apajook said her husband remains in Blue Nile State after the fighting between Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) and the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North separated them.

These women’s stories are just two of thousands of returnees in Bor; the capital of Jonglei State. As heavy rains have started, the living conditions there have deteriorated dramatically.

“I have no plot, there is no shelter and I need help from our government,” Ayen said. “There is nothing to start with,” she added.

So far, the South Sudan Red Cross Society had distributed non-food items to 1,000 households, according to officials. However many returnees say they have nowhere to put up the plastic tents or use the blankets.

An estimated 500,000 South Sudanese remain in Sudan after South Sudan succeeded last year. The Sudanese civil war, which displaced thousands, ended with the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) in 2005, promising South Sudanese a self-determination vote. The polls showed an overwhelming vote in favour of separation, leading to the declaration of South Sudan’s independence in July 2011.

The new country and international partners are still struggling to transport South Sudanese to their country. Upon reaching home, for many the living conditions are the same or worse.

Apajook returned to Bor with other villagers when cattle raiding and child abduction continued, despite South Sudan’s pledge to protect civilians after disarmament. Sharing a plot with relatives, Apajook erected a small tent supported by thin poles. When it rained the tent often collapsed or blew down she said.

“My husband is not here and I don’t know whether he is alive or dead,” she added.

The government of Jonglei state maintains that the insecurity has reduced in the state and people should return to their villages. However, reports of
cattle rustling including one of last week in Twic East county where two people died, remind villagers of the real threats in their homelands.

Jonglei state director of South Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Commission, Deng Ajak, said that “plans are underway for their reception and reintegration” into communities.

Having stayed here for nearly one year, many returnees now wonder which communities they will be reintegrated into; those in towns where living conditions are already tough, or villages where there is poor security.


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  • 17 May 2012 07:30, by Kurnyel

    Corrption in South Sudan indeed sshall harm poor ladies. But do not come back to Khartoum we don’t you any more.

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    • 17 May 2012 07:42, by John mamer

      Kurnyiel nobody is going to khartoum they have not said that so get sober and look for issues to solve in the north.

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      • 17 May 2012 07:47, by Northern Sudanese

        John mamer

        we know you wont go back to khartoum, but the problem is we have still 500,000 of your people in Sudan :/ its difficult to kick them all out as they keep begging to stay to have a healthy live :(

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  • 17 May 2012 07:42, by Northern Sudanese

    This will be the same fate of 500,000 southerners returning home. this is how the government of south sudan welcomes its people home. what a Shame!

    Do not come back to Port Sudan, Damazin , Khartoum or Sudan itself!!!!!! stay in your beloved paradise

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    • 17 May 2012 07:48, by Kurnyel

      If they are not coming back to khartoum than why are you complaining?

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      • 17 May 2012 07:57, by John mamer

        Kurnyiel they are not requesting to NCP govern but SPLM therefore if they will want to go anywhere they will go to Juba not Khartoum so mind your own people welfare

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    • 17 May 2012 07:50, by John mamer

      North sudanese they are already with their relative and well accomodated what will they go and look for in the desert. Without agricultural activities, oil and other resources. In long run you people will beg us to allow you into our territory begining with miseiraya

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  • 17 May 2012 07:51, by Eastern

    The suffering returnees from Sudan are facing is brought about by lack of strategic preparation on the side of the South Sudanese who were displaced by the war to the North of the then Sudan. Aware that the country would split, many South Sudanese continued hobnobbing in Khartoum and other Sudanese towns even after the result of the referendum was announced!!! You can’t eat your cake and have it!.

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  • 17 May 2012 07:55, by Civilrights

    The missing of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties among the IC & UN

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  • 17 May 2012 07:55, by Eastern

    Patriotism requires that one loves their homeland dearly but my fellow South Sudanese from the Sudan think otherwise of the new country. Yes, there may be corruption, nepotism, tribalism and many other ’isms’; come back home and let us jointly fight the evil. Forget about the jalaba Sudan. Their days are numbered!

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    • 17 May 2012 08:06, by John mamer

      I agree with you Eastern, we can solve every thing through phases whatever we see as obstacle to betterment of our country we can fight , six year down the line we have our women in cabinet and a significant number of corrupt and inefficient ministers has gone out so we are not sitting we are cleaning up and why should some of us decide to sit back and whine.

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  • 17 May 2012 08:16, by dinkdong

    The government of Jonglei deceived it people; that the insecurity is reduced. What a lie! Since you fail to disarmed Murle, they will continue to raid cattle and kill people in your eyes. You are saying this so that you can get rid of people and share the land among yourselves. Fucking heartless corrupted government!

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  • 17 May 2012 08:25, by Civilrights

    SOUTHERN SUDANESE must not import: The missing rights of citizens of the United States to SS.

    In USA there were:
    There were separate schools and resources
    There were separate public facilities
    There was social isolation of the races

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  • 17 May 2012 08:28, by Civilrights

    April 4, 1968
    Dr. Martin Luther King assassinated in Memphis Tennessee as he prepared for a demonstration.

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    • 17 May 2012 08:31, by Kurnyel

      Civilright you are a kind of damn guy you got that right they should not bring it to South Sudan

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      • 17 May 2012 08:39, by Civilrights

        My brother Kurnyel

        pls refer to Holy Quran which instructing all muslisms to treat their Christian brothers faithly
        We are brothers in Islam.
        For you all my respect and love.

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    • 17 May 2012 14:05, by Loko El Pollo


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  • 17 May 2012 08:31, by Civilrights

    RSS and GOS must stick to equal civil rights for all citizens.
    We must remember that we were one state

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  • 17 May 2012 09:51, by Pif Paf

    This is the Job of the GOSS, but unfortunetly it doesnt care. I think if the UN was to run for presedential elections in s.sudan it would win because they care about the people of s.sudan. SPLA are too busy looting and drawing new maps. These returness will be doomed if they wait for the GOSS to help them.

    Janobeen should say UN OYEEEE, Aid agencies OYEEEE because they care unlike SPLA.

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  • 17 May 2012 11:05, by Black Pharaoh

    A very sad story.We were hoping that the CPA would bring peace & prosperity to our brothers on both sides of the border but it seems that this country is cursed.

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  • 17 May 2012 13:41, by sudani ana

    Mr Kiir

    I have listened to your speach on SSTV last night and have one question for you; What do you have aginst the Morle tribe. You seem to critisize them alot and accused them of child abduction. As a president of all South Sudan you can’t single a tribe out this way. I think you need to join evening school to educate yourself a bit more.

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