Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre - IDMC



Southern Sudan: Returnees Attacked on Their Way South - Women & Girls


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IDMC News Alert - February 11, 2011


IDPs (Internally Displaced Persons) travelling to Southern Sudan before and after the recent referendum on independence have faced difficulties during and after their journey. Between November 2010 and January 2011, around 200,000 Southern Sudanese IDPs living in the north returned to the south. There have been various reports of convoys of returning southerners being attacked in the disputed region of Abyei during and in the weeks following the January referendum, according to some reports by Misseriya tribal militias loyal to the government in Khartoum.
OCHA has anticipated a greater need for assistance in urban areas and those rural counties to which more people have
returned. A higher number of returnees than expected are choosing to remain in urban areas including Kwajok and Aweil, largely due to the better services they offer and their similarity to IDPsí environment in the north. In rural counties to which significant numbers are returning, there are few existing services and returnees and host communities are struggling to ensure food security and to establish livelihoods.

The Southern Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Commission (SSRRC), IOM and partners are
monitoring, consolidating and verifying the number of returnees, including those who have returned without assistance, to ensure they are assisted as necessary.