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Lawmakers raise alarm over returnees, refugees’ crisis

By Emelda Siama John Lopula

A section of South Sudan Reconstituted transitional national legislative assembly (R-TNLA) has raised an alarm over on-going humanitarian catastrophe facing war victims in Paloch and Renk who fled Sudan conflict.

The members of the national legislative Assembly have urged the government to intervene and rescue the suffering civilians before the situation escalates.

Recent statistics showed a population of over 50,000 people, both refugees and returnees have crossed into South Sudan from Sudan, triggering a dire humanitarian situation that needed urgent intervention.

Concerned, the parliamentarians have blamed the looming crises of the population camping in Upper Nile and Northern Bahr-El-Ghazal state, on responsible institution for humanitarian services.

They noted particularly, South Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Commission (SSRRC) as an institution that should address the situation.

According to Hon. David Okwera Kai, the crisis in Sudan is a collective matter, not only on Sudan but also economically on South Sudan as it uses Sudan pipeline to ferry its crude oil to the international market, meaning the war possibly affect Juba.

He noted that most of the people coming from Sudan were returnees, who fled during the war which broke up in 2013 and 2016.

“We were refugees during 60s in Anya-Anya one. We know how bad it is to run away from your country. The people who are in Renk and other counties are really in difficulties,” he cited.

Meanwhile, Rebecca Josephine, another lawmaker expressed that the crisis-hit returnees and refugees are facing very challenging humanitarian situation that required immediate intervention.

“For us as individuals, we have a role to play. We are going accommodate and be with the returnees coming to Juba and other places which are equally in a very hard economic situation” she added.

The legislator acknowledged that for the refugees, they would be taken to camp in Maben.

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