Plea for support towards returnees

This flashlight; powered by solar energy, is part of the humanitarian package South Sudanese refugees received on their arrival in Uganda. But some have started voluntary exit, going back to their country. As the number of returnees swell on a daily basis, South Sudan authorities say the population urgently needs food aid plus other survival kits. Picture by Ochan Hannington | 20 Aug 2019

Already insufficient basic items in South Sudan’s Eastern Equatoria State as well as neighbouring areas are shrinking drastically due to increasing numbers of people returning to their homes, everyday. The area is near South Sudan–Uganda borderline, which many crossed fleeing the country’s recent violent conflict. Majority of returnees are coming from various refugee settlements in Uganda. For instance, unidentified number of Pajok village residents started coming back at the start of COVID–19–related lockdown, in March, according to authorities. On arrival, however, returnees are faced with enormous hurdles as explained by the village Vice Chairperson, Omal John Charles. Take a listen.