Over 400 South Sudanese return home in Rubkona County

By Yien Gattour

At least 441 South Sudanese and ten Sudanese new arrivals fleeing conflict in Sudan have arrived Rubkona County in Unity state.

Rubkona County Relief and Recommendations Commission (RRC) Coordinator, William Bakuony revealed to the media.

Bakuony said that a government delegation was in Riokrial over the weekend to assess the number of new arrivals of both the South Sudanese returnees and Sudanese refugees.

“We went on Sunday and buses came with new arrivals of 441 South Sudanese individuals from 221 households.  They are stationed at Riokrial,” he said.

According to Bakuony, though the team didn’t establish an accurate statistics, 10 Sudanese refugees were reported among the new arrivals.

 “We asked for the number of the Sudanese and they told us that they are ten people we didn’t count them but we are going to set up a team to get the accurate number that are coming very days” he added.

 “The Rubkona County authority is going to find out the accurate number because new arrivals are still coming on daily basis. When we went there we got a lot of people and children were crying and the number is huge. The organizations (aid agencies) held meetings with us and they promised to be delivering the food assistance immediately,” Bakuony lamented.

He said “the South Sudanese will trace their families and be in Riokrial their original families” Bakuony said

Bakuony said humanitarian organizations were working to ensure delivery of supplies such as the non-food items and the foodstuffs to the people.

No.1 citizen Daily Newspaper talked to Mrs. Rebecca Nyahok Chuol, one of the returnees, who appealed for assistance.

 “We are appealing for Humanitarian assistance. We came here as a result of fighting that escalated from Sudan. We don’t have any shelter, water, and food “Nyahok cried.

Another returnee, Mr. Gattuak Gatluak said “the fighting in Sudan has affected us indeed as South Sudanese. We need help.”

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