The Sudanese Government are planning to return these internally displaced families to South Sudan in the coming weeks, potentially causing a humanitarian crisis.
SOS Children have launched an Emergency Appeal to accommodate unaccompanied children, offer them psychological care, and help to trace their families.
Since South Sudan split to form a new country in July 2011, tensions have been high between the two populations. Inter-ethnic hostilities and fighting reached another peak in January 2012. Despite peace talks between the two governments in early February, deadly attacks during the discussions have increased fears of a civil war.
The Sudan Government has demanded that the South Sudan Authorities resettle Southern Sudanese families who fled to Sudan after violent raids in their villages, and are still located in Khartoum. Many of these individuals are homeless and up to 2,000 are unaccompanied children, who will be ‘repatriated’ before March. Malakal and Juba, in the north of South Sudan, are the “points of entry” through which the refugees will pass on the return to their home country. Without anywhere to go, the situation is likely to develop into a humanitarian emergency.
The Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs of South Sudan has made an appeal to SOS Children, amongst
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