Returnees From Renk Arrive To Torit

A section of the returnees in Torit, Eastern Equatoria State. [Peter Lokale Nakimangole]

The group includes 28 households and according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Office Assistant Mr. Isaac Ruba explained that prior to this, the batch of the 28 families arrived from Juba where they had momentarily settled waiting for their luggage from Renk in Upper Nile state of the Republic of South Sudan.

He said their role is to simply ensure the returnees’ safe arrival along with their belongings to their final destinations with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) providing with them with food and non food items (NFI).

The IOM’s Office Assistant Mr. Isaac Ruba clarified that the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is facilitating transportation of returnees from Sudan.

The UNHCR’s protection Associate, John Wassey for Torit UN unit said they coordinate and distribute food rations and non food items from the World Food Programme (WFP).

He clarified that the state authorities consequently take the sole responsibility of providing basic services to the returnees to settle well.

The UNHCR is distributing seeds to the returnees which will definitely them for the upcoming cultivation period because they have just come without any seeds.

The South Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Commission Chief Secretary for Torit Victor Lira Robert confirmed that the present convoy belongs to Torit and IKwoto.

Eight out of 112 individual returnees are from Ikwoto County while the remaining 94 are expected to receive food rations and non-food items (NFI), next week.

The returnees are on a three-month food ration programme after which will be absorbed with their relatives into their respective communities.

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