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IOM needs US$ 3 million to transport stranded South Sudanese

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May 11, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Friday that it urgently needs US$3 million to airlift South Sudanese to Juba from Khartoum.

The governor of the White Nile State last month asked to move over 12,000 South Sudanese from the state capital Kosti, citing security concerns over their continual presence the river port city.

Sudan closed the river port and accused Juba of confiscating 34 barges that were being used to transport South Sudanese from the north saying Juba now use them to transport soldiers and military equipment.

The IOM decided to move the stranded South Sudanese to Khartoum from where they will be transported by airplane to Juba. The fights will start on Sunday.

However, the IOM still needs $3 million to carry out the whole operation. The total cost is estimated at $5.5 million but the organisation has only $2.5 million.

"We need to get clear donor commitments at the outset of this operation to avoid any sudden mid-way stoppage due to lack of funds," said IOM Sudan Chief of Mission Jill Helke in a statement released on Friday.

Helke further said this operation is "complex" pointing out that any disruption will have severe consequences for the people concerned, many of whom are very vulnerable.

The IOM will need to hire some 25 buses and charter up to 100 flights to move the entire Kosti caseload. It will also have to pay for medical screening and supplies, operations staff and escorts, overnight accommodation for the returnees and food.

(ST)

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  • 12 May 2012 16:01, by Waucity

    Our government can afford $3 millions...Bring them home and then let them labour in order to pay back the amount...Thanks. Everybody labour for the government.

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    • 13 May 2012 23:20, by mohammed ali

      WAWCITY, only $ 3 millions for these poor marginalized pple. Your government called them to go to SS before the referendum .They came from different places & assembelled in Kosti.Since then they abondoned them there without shelter,food or money.Now, they can’t provide them with only $ 3 millions to maintain their dignity! that is less than 2% of the money which we know to be looted by Pagan!

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