South Sudan To Regulate Refugees

Refugees from South Kordofan gather at dusk at the Yida Refugee Camp in South Sudan. [AFP | File, Camille Lepage]

The proposal yesterday was adopted in its first reading in a Council of Ministers chaired by the Vice President Dr. Riek Machar awaiting approval in the next council of Ministers meeting.

The Interior Minister who drew the proposal said the need is provoked by the inflow of thousands of refugees from Sudan escaping the civil wars in Darfur, Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile States.

He said 250,000 refugees, many from Sudan, have now flown to South Sudan.

Other refugees are from the Democratic Republic of Congo after escaping the civil war there between the government and rebels.

He said thousands of refugees have now settled in Upper Nile, Unity, Central and Western Equatoria states in South Sudan.

Agencies had estimated that by the end of 2013, 350,000 refugees will arrive into South Sudan from the neighboring countries of Congo and Sudan if the insecurity situation will not come to stand still.

They called for efforts of the international community to not only focus in addressing humanitarian situation but persuade the conflicting parties into peace.

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