S. Sudan, Sudan, & UNHCR convene follow-up meeting on refugee situation

Representatives from South Sudan and Sudan during a follow-up meeting held in the capital, Juba / Photo: UNHCR-South Sudan

South Sudan, Sudan, IGAD and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees held a follow-up meeting on the situation of forcibly displaced persons from January 13 to 15 in the South Sudanese capital of South Sudan, Juba.

“Governments of South Sudan and Sudan, IGAD, UNHCR and partners met from January 13th-15th in Juba to follow up on the IGAD Initiative on Solutions for the Sudan and South Sudan displacement situations,” the UN Refugee Agency said on its Twitter handle.

South Sudan, the world’s youngest nation, remains home to thousands of Sudanese refugees who had fled violence in Khartoum during the regime of Omar al-Bashir — an authoritarian ruler overthrown in a military coup a few years ago.

Likewise, Sudan hosts a large number of South Sudanese refugees who sought refuge in the region after the outbreak of violence in 2013.

In December last year, the two countries agreed on a roadmap that outlines the next steps toward medium to long-term solutions for forcibly displaced persons.

“It is a historic moment, for the two governments to come together in search for solutions for their populations” noted Ambassador Mohamed Abdi Affey, Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa. ‘We have recently seen impressive developments towards solutions. We have a practical and cordial working relationship between the two governments. We have a roadmap. Now we must work together to show the world that to invest in this process is to light a candle for enduring peace, sustainable return and a hopeful future for the people of South Sudan and Sudan.”

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