19 Jun 2018

 

IDPs Returning To Their Homes From UN-PoCs Across The Country

Internally displaced persons (IDPs) living in the United Nation Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) Protection of Civilians sites (PoCs) are finally returning to their homes after the formation of the transitional government.

IDPs Returning To Their Homes From UN-PoCs Across The Country
IDPs gathering for assistance in Jonglei State [File photo]

Jok P Mayom

JUBA, 10 June 2016 [Gurtong]-Ariane Quentier, the UNMISS Spokesperson said in a news briefing on Wednesday that civilians are reducing in number in the United Nation Mission protection areas across the country.

This move comes following the implementation of the August 2015 signed peace agreement and also at the formation of the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU).

The total number of IDPs that entered the UN protection of civilians’ sites following the outbreak of the war in December 2013 was nearly 100,000 people.

“As of  02 June 2016, the estimated number of civilians seeking safety in six Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites located on UNMISS bases is 169,983 including 98,653 in Bentiu, 40,448 in Malakal, 27,959 in Juba UN House, 2,004 in Bor, 700 in Melut and 219 in Wau” said Quentier.

That number according to Quentier has reduced from 169,983 to 158,799, a difference of more than 10,000 returning to their houses in one week.
“As of  9th June 2016, the estimated number of civilians seeking safety in six Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites located on UNMISS bases is 158,799 including 95,126 in Bentiu, 32,791 in Malakal, 27,959 in Juba UN House, 2,004 in Bor, 700 in Melut and 219 in Wau” she said.

Government has been making repetitive calls to the IDPs to return to their homes assuring them of peace and stability.

“The number of civilians in Bor has decreased by 20% - some 500 – in the last months. Civilians have indicated they want to go farming, while women are seen going to the market during the day” she said.

“We have had a very touching Catholic ceremony in the Bor Cathedral on Sunday 29th may, when 14 PoC site residents, including 4 men, were welcomed by the priest at the Sunday Mass service which was celebrated with and for all communities from Bor” she narrates.

Quentier said, these moves are encouraged by the local authorities, and are a result of the on-going engagement of UNMISS with the local Governor Philip Aguer.

She said in Bor, of that same day, the Governor also held an open meeting with youth to sensitize them to the importance of the implementation of the peace agreement.

He urged the gathering to embrace the peace agreement and support peace and reconciliation by allowing the community living in the Bor PoC site to move freely to Bor town.

The youth welcomed the peace and reconciliation messages delivered by the Governor.

“In Bentiu, over 20,000 civilians have left since the peace agreement was signed and the move continues” said UNMISS Spokesperson.

“We have been tracking movements of entries and exits: between 26th of May and 2nd June there have been 196 new arrivals who have indicated that food was the reason why they had come to the site - 50/50 male – female while 692 civilians exited the site, almost half of them to
Leer (22%) and Rubkona (21%) counties” she added.

“There is also, as in Rubkona, an enhanced humanitarian response which has prompted farmers and villagers to return to their homes to plant their crops, and this in a context of severe food insecurity” said Quentier.

Last week has also been the lowest number of new arrivals from Mayiendit County.

UNMISS Spokesperson said, in Malakal, last week some 2,000 civilians were still in the UNMISS logistical base, the log base.
 

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