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Repatriation of Sudanese refugees completed

Posted by African Press International on April 13, 2007

Bangui (Central African Rep.) The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Bangui, Wednesday said it has completed the repatriation of the last 31 Sudanese refugees from the Central African Republic (CAR) to Nzara in Sudan, APA has learnt.

A UNHCR release said the CAR is the first of six countries bordering South Sudan to complete the repatriation of Sudanese refugees.

Last weekend, the UNHCR repatriated 50,000 Sudanese displaced people from the six countries bordering Sudan.

The repatriation operation of Sudanese refugees started in February 2006 following the tripartite agreement signed between the Sudanese and Central African governments.

The flights were however interrupted in April and December 2006 due to the official closure of the border between the two countries.

During that period, 1,300 refugees were conveyed home and were provided with three-month survival rations, seeds, and agricultural equipment to facilitate their reintegration.

“The UNHCR and the International Organisation for Migrants (IOM) jointly organised the flights for the repatriation of 8,400 Sudanese refugees.

Another group of 1,311 refugees were brought back to Sudan after receiving assistance and support for their reintegration, and that the UN humanitarian body has also facilitated the repatriation of some 9,700 Sudanese refugees.

Nearly 36,000 Sudanese fled the civil war which rocked south Sudan for 20 years and sought refuge in Central Africa in the 1990s.

Only about 2,000 Sudanese displaced people remained in Central African Republic, including some who preferred to live in the host country with their families.

Published by Korir, African Press in Norway, apn, africanpress@chello.no tel +47 932 99 739 +47 6300 2525 source.apa

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