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Over 289,000 refugees return to South Sudan


South Sudanese refugees at Nyumanzi settlement camp in Adjumani (Getty Image)
June 13, 2020 (JUBA) - Over 289,000 South Sudanese have spontaneously regained their areas of origin since the cessation of hostilities agreement by the end of 2017.

The figure was announced in a joint statement released on Friday by the South Sudanese Relief and Rehabilitation Commission- RRC’s chair Manase Lomole and UNHCR Representative a.i Adan D. Ilmi.

"By May 2020, over 168,800 South Sudanese refugees have returned to South Sudan following the signing of the revitalized peace agreement in October 2018, and 289 650 in total since November 2017," says the statement.

The refugees continued to return to the country despite COVID-19 border restrictions, mostly due to; family reunion, high cost of living especially those from Khartoum, and improved security in some return locations in South Sudan.

Also, significant returns from DR Congo into Western Equatorial was due to increased activities of armed elements along DRC, CAR and South Sudan borders.

According to the statement, 168,964 individuals returned to South Sudan since the signing of the revitalized peace agreement in September 2018.

The Eastern Equatoria registered the highest number of returnees with 64,767 individuals followed by Central Equatoria 59,657, Unity 50,879 and Jonglei 48,025.


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  • 14 June 11:23, by South South

    Excellenet!! This is the best news of 2020. Our people should start farming, send their kids to schools and development their communities. Let’s work together as one people, big time.

    • 14 June 12:04, by Kuch

      South South,
      Just say excellent when you don’t know what is really going on behind the scenes is what ’almost destroyed our country and our peoples’. There are no enough food in *Kenya, DR Congo, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Central Africa Repulic (C.A.R), Abesh (so-called ethiopia), North Sudan, Djibouti, Somalia and other countries chap*, Read these links:

      • 14 June 12:51, by South South


        How are you my brother?

    • 15 June 15:21, by The Rhino

      South South,

      You savages must learn it the hard way!This time there’s no "working together as one people" or shit.You damned fools started the unnecessary war, massacred more than half a million innocent people, still rape underage girls across the country and kill, displace vulnerable lives, and here you are talking about "working together as one people"?..Fuck you!Not this time, until you.....

      • 15 June 15:29, by The Rhino

        South South,

        people leave Equatoria for your areas in Bahr El Gazal & Upper Nile and develop yourselves, there’ll never be peace, mark my words!!!Blame yourselves, you greedy, worthless misfits!You fucking amateurs betrayed South Sudan,so fuck all your Dinka and Nuer useless leaders!

  • 14 June 18:29, by Mayendit

    Tear down the refugees camps in South Sudan I think the UN need to suspend all refugees camps in South Sudan because there has been a significant guns silence in most parts of South Sudan yet, the people seemingly to gets lazily and unwillingly to go back home and started coluative agriculture. UN must tear down refugees camps so that, the people can return homes.

  • 14 June 18:41, by Mayendit

    UN security council need to sanction the South Sudanese rebels leaders because they are killing civilians in some parts of South Sudan while, the rebellion was unnecessary in South Sudan and above all, the issue of South Sudan need a political solution but not war and not economic campaign. Thomas Cirillo and many more others rebels are fighting, they must be scantron them and arrested them becaus

    • 15 June 15:42, by The Rhino


      You are just as foolish as that moron "South South"!Ask yourself a simple question,..who started the useless war in South Sudan,not Dinka and Nuer?A Dinka is always driven by/to occupy,regardless of his foolishness and lack of intellect,a Nuer, to eat as much food he can get even to an extend of collaborating with real enemies.Question,for how long do you think such misplaced bastards..

      • 15 June 15:50, by The Rhino


        ..will keep shitting in this country?NOT that long.The day will come, where all of them will be hanged in public, for the crimes they’ve done.Anybody who supports this rotten system of thieves,rapists,murderers,anarchists and savages will pay heavily.Watch this space!!!

  • 15 June 20:56, by Mayendit

    Please keep singing about Dinka people in South Sudan but in the end of the day, all these people who are pretending to disliking Dinkas people will eventually come back and start begging the man of the men (Muonyjang) Drinks We they Dinkas people, we don’t do those things because we strongly believe of human rights, individuals rights and freedom of all things except the violations of law

  • 15 June 21:11, by Mayendit

    Dear Readers, the computer has changed Dinka to Drinks so when you saw it please, I want you to ignore it. Some people from the Equatoria communities are thinking maybe the South Sudan nation will be like the time of Joseph Lagu when the Dinka people and the people Nuers people were discriminated perhaps, this time around there is nothing call Regions. No Bahr El Ghazal, no Equatoria and no Upper

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