Jonglei State, News

Nearly 4000 returnees, refugees in dire need

By Manas James

A total of 3,873 returnees and refugees are in dire humanitarian situations in Nyirol County in Jonglei State, local officials said.

The recent influx which includes 230 refugees started arriving in parts of Nyirol County on 2nd June after fleeing the war in Sudan.

“Since June 2, we received 3643 returnees and 230 refugees because of the ongoing war in Sudan,” the county information director, Biel Jiek Lual, told No. 1 Citizen Daily Newspaper, on Thursday.

He disclosed that the refugees are currently in Chuil Payam, while returnees are in different parts of the county.

According to the county official, the situation of the new arrivals is dire.

“They lack food and shelter. Some returnees had to integrate themselves into the community while about 32 refugees left for the state capital, Bor yesterday,” he said.

He revealed that the refugees are mainly Ethiopians and Sudanese.

The county Relief and Rehabilitation Commission coordinator, Gatkuoth Dual also decried the humanitarian situation of the displaced persons and appealed for intervention.

“Majority of the people in Chuil and Thol payams are without food and shelter, so we appealed to the aid agencies to come to their help” he added.

Thousands of refugees and returnees have been spilling over into South Sudan since war erupted between the Sudanese rival military factions on April 15.




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