‘Solutions must be found’ for millions of displaced people from Sudan and South Sudan |


During the trip, Grandi met with Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and South Sudan President Salva Kiir where they discussed how the two countries can work together to help displaced populations.

Returning home is one solution, but it is not the only solutionHigh Commissioner She said. If someone chooses to remain displaced, the initiative must ensure that “they can do so with dignity and a sense of belonging.”

Unique opportunity

After the governments of Sudan and South Sudan signed the Reviving the Peace Agreement in 2018Nearly 300,000 refugees from South Sudan have returned spontaneously, with more than a million others displaced within the country and also returning home.

In June, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Nicholas Haysom, who also heads the United Nations Mission in South Sudan, known as United Nations Mission in South Sudan, warned that Persistent insecurity – particularly sectarian violence – impedes the achievement of a lasting and sustainable peace And after nearly three years, many requirements of the revitalized agreement have appeared not fulfilled.

Concluding his visit, Mr. Grandi urged continued support for the initiative, which aims to find durable solutions for refugees, IDPs, returnees and host communities through reform, political transformation, security, development and national reconciliation.

“This initiative is a unique opportunity to put relevant governments and displaced persons at the center of planning for the future, and as such, will require a concerted effort to ensure their sustainable stability and security.”

for example

UNHCR Describe the number of returnees from South Sudan who have returned to find their homes destroyed, with little or no infrastructure or social services.

Regina O’Challa is one such case. After fleeing her home in the northwestern South Sudan city of Wau for more than two decades, the 42-year-old has spent most of her adult life in a refugee camp in Sudan.

She moved to Khartoum before recently returning home where she plans to seek help from her brother. But when she arrived in Juba, she found out that he had died and was stranded.

Now she is struggling to adjust to life in her home country where her entire family was killed in the conflict.

‘Solutions must be found’

According to UNHCR, many like Ms. Ochala need support to restart their lives in safe areas.

Mr. Grandi emphasized that UNHCR will continue to work with the governments of Sudan and South Sudan as it relies on the support of the international donor community to help displaced people and returnees live in safety and dignity.

Solutions must be found as part of the peace process‘, he finished.

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