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IOM says Sudanese deal struck over resettlement

IOM says Sudanese deal struck over resettlement

The International Organization for Migration says Sudan and South Sudan have signed a deal allowing half a million South Sudanese to choose where they want to live.
But IOM spokesman Jumbe Omari Jumbe says the deal sets an April 8 deadline that is almost impossible to meet for 500,000 South Sudanese to go back to their homeland or to "normalize" their stay in Sudan.
He said Tuesday in Geneva that leaves too little time for them to travel in such a vast country without adequate roads and other transportation.
Jumbe said the deal was signed Sunday and already 120,000 South Sudanese have registered with the U.N. to depart Sudan.
South Sudan broke away from Sudan in July and is struggling to contain internal violence plaguing the region for years.


Updated : 2021-10-27 21:35 GMT+08:00