News, Northern Bahr el-ghazal

Refugees, Host community opt for tribunal court

By Hou Akot Hou

Local chiefs seek to establish a tribunal court to settle cases between refugees and host community, at Wadwil refugee camp in Aweil West County, Northern Bahr El Ghazal state.

Setting up of the local court is being initiated in a quest to settle foreseeable issues between the host and refugee communities.

Chief Deng Baai Tol said that they are conscious of problems that may arise between the host community and the refugees stationed in their area.

“These are our brothers and sisters. So, we are wary of any court cases that may occur. Therefore, we want to set up a local court to settle their problems amicably,” he said.

Baai stated that they have consulted leaders of the refugees about the decision to set up the unit, and they have felt happy about the idea.

“It could include the women leaders who are outspoken so that their rights and other entitlement. It is the undertaking of the committee to execute its duties fairly,” Baai explained.

The local chief urged the state government and humanitarian organizations to give support to the refugees, including the returnees who fled the conflict in Sudan.

The Sudanese warring parties have agreed to a truce to allow safe passage for humanitarian aid with the United States, and the Saudi government requesting the parties not to further violate the Jeddah-inked ceasefire that came into effect on Monday night.

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