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Kiir releases US$1 Million in support of refugees & returnees

By Bida Elly David

President Kiir has released 1 million United States dollars to support returnees and refugees fleeing Sudan brutal conflict.

After announcing his pledge, Kiir has as well appealed for well-wishers to extend hands of support to the huge number as the statistics increase day by day.

Speaking to the media after Friday’s council of ministers’ meeting, information minister and government spokesperson, Michael Makuei said the money was part of the $5.3 Million.

The Council of ministers earlier approved the budget for humanitarian support for the fleeing population from the Sudan.

“Kiir is requesting for the release of the other 4.3 Million Dollars so that we can continue with the mission,” Makuei told reporters on Friday.

The cabinet has promised to continue supporting President Salva Kiir Mayardit, by talking to the partners and organizations to run emergency services to the refugees.

According to the minister, humanitarian need for refugees and returnees in Renk has exceeded with the congestion in Paloch and Renk demanding a very high serious intervention.

“Minister of humanitarian affairs was given the sum of 1 million USD released from the office of the president and the amount has already been handed over,” he said.

Makuei noted that there is a possibility of uncalled for disease outbreak as a result of the dire humanitarian situation in Renk and Paloch if serious intervention is not exercised for the needy.

The Minister further said the latest figure of arrivals of both returnees and refugees from Sudan has reached a total of over 32,300 people.

According to the ministry of humanitarian affairs report, only 32,300 returnees including refugees have officially been received in the country out of 1.2 million South Sudanese in Sudan.

Makuei noted that some returnees enter through other points and fail to register while others refused to report to anybody because they have used their own means and they go direct to their home areas.

The minister said that the government and partners working hard to ensure the continuous influx is handled through complete humanitarian support to avoid risks and other uncertainties that might trigger.

He stated that the ministry of humanitarian affairs and disaster management in collaboration with other partners also remain alert in supervising the influx of the population.



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