Vulnerable Returnees Arrive In Rumbek, Sudan

The Lakes State government yesterday received a group of disabled returnees from Khartoum at Rumbek airport.

The 36 who included the blind and the elderly were the first batch to arrive aboard a plane.

The state government has hired five planes to ferry the disabled returnees to the South from Khartoum in readiness for next month’s referendum.

They were received by the State Governor Chol Tong Mayay with his cabinet and the Lakes State Assembly Speaker John Marik Makur.

The Lakes State Minister of Legal Affairs Margaret Samuel Aru told the press at the airport that inadequate funding has hampered efforts to bring back the South Sudanese on time for the referendum.

She added that the aerial repatriations will end on Thursday this week.

Aru called upon Lakes State residents in the Diaspora to come back home and contribute to development.

Another group of 380 returnees arrived in Rumbek last Monday aboard 21 buses.

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