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South Sudan urges refugees to return home

Refugees in Uganda

Refugees in Uganda

South Sudan authorities have revived calls for their nationals in Uganda and neighbouring countries to return home, saying the country is now peaceful. 
The South Sudanese government says that calm has returned to the country following an end to half a decade conflict that has claimed thousands of lives.

Alberio Tobiolo, the governor of Torit State in Eastern Equatorial Province, says South Sudanese nationals in Uganda, Kenya, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Central African Republic should be encouraged to return home.
According to Tobiolo, some of the refugees have started returning because of the prevailing peace in the country. 

"Yes South Sudan is peaceful, very peaceful. Most of the refugees have returned, those in Kenya have returned, those from Uganda are also returning. The area is peaceful and we call upon all people," said Tobiolo. 
In 2014, Uganda opened reception centers for South Sudanese refugees in Lamwo, Adjumani, Arua, Kiryandongo and Kampala districts. The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), says there are over one million registered refugees in the country.
Charles Okumu, the Ayaci County commissioner in Torit State, says over 1,000 refugees have voluntarily returned since the beginning of September, 2018. Okumu said several non-governmental organizations operating in Torit State are supporting the voluntary returnees with basic needs such as food, shelter and washing soap among others.

Shortly after independence in 2011, South Sudan descended into armed rebellion in 2013 after President Salvar Kiir accused his then deputy, Dr Riek Macha of plotting a coup. 
The crisis displaced one-quarter of the country's 12 million population. In September 2018, President Kiir signed a peace treaty with Dr Machar to end the hostilities. The deal was mediated by Sudan and signed in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.


+1 #1 kabayekka 2019-01-17 10:09
Is it another trickery by the African government of South Sudan for the refugees to come home?

Is it that when the returnee are encouraged to vote and the African citizens vote badly, it will become another excuse for the savage African soldiers to cause another brutal conflict against this country?
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+1 #2 Lakwena 2019-01-17 14:59
In other words, in order to gain their human dignity, these people should go home and start living a normal life. Otherwise so many lives and potentials are being wasted away in the Refugee camps.

Above all the South Sudanese politicians and warlords, should stop their selfishness and stupid warring factionalism, which has destroyed the lives of million of their innocent countrymen, women and children.

Otherwise, Ugandans are sick and tired of dealing with the same problem and inconveniences, which come with refugee influx into the country.

In other words, Mr. Salva Kiir, Dr. Machar and whever, enough is enough of stupidity, selfishness and/or the insanity in Southern Sudan.

Ugandans are tired of Dinka loafing around like Giraffe on the streets of Kampala in luxury, while thousands of other Sudanese are languishing in deplorable refugee camps.
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0 #3 Akot 2019-01-17 21:13
[South Sudan authorities have revived calls for their nationals in Uganda and neighbouring countries to return home, saying the country is now peaceful.]


It's to have their own country that S.Sudanese used the entire world to help them fight for what they want, right?
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0 #4 Akot 2019-01-17 21:21
kabayekka, understood, yet,

It's only S.Sudanese, by being in their country, who can & will have the power to make their stand, demand respect, make it cleazr as to how they want to be governed, by who, for how long!

The same goes for Ugandans & every other people, knowing divided, there is no way demons can be dislodged & the more people suffer, the more demons are happy/strong & tell the world they are the only rulers to be accepted!
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0 #5 Akot 2019-01-17 21:27
Lakwena, thanks!

This is why Ugandans must stop the world believing their country is a prosperous peaceful one & home for tribalists at armed wars in their own countries,but can take refuges in Uganda & be at peace/at home fed by UN/EU that have the money for their cause!

It's time Ugandans UNITE to throw Museveni out then go for;

- Reformation of the Republic, or,

- Independent Tribal States!

Is there any reason Museveni should just go on & rig yet another election?
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0 #6 kabayekka 2019-01-17 23:00
It starts to seem that these two African leaders who have caused much loss of life and property are realizing that they cannot rule an empty country side without people(human beings).

Their efforts to cause genocide in Southern Sudan must be taken straight on to the International Criminal Court.

Such African human tragedy was like in the era of Obote I and II, and all the rest of the military dictators of Uganda, that if your personal African army kill all the people all the time what are you going to have left to rule afterwards?
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