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UNHCR relocating Sudanese refugees in Yei

Author : | Published: Saturday, September 26, 2015

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees says it is relocating more than 2100 vulnerable Sudanese refugees from Yei Town to Lasu settlement camp, Central Equatoria State.

The refugees fled the fighting in the Southern Khordufan, Darfur and the Blue Nile region, between the Sudanese government and rebels opposed to it.

“Our role is to protect them from resorting to negative copying mechanisms, either because they are unable to pay for their rent, cover the costs of their children’s basic education or health care,” says Isabelle Misic, UNHCR Assistant Representative on Protection in South Sudan, in a statement.

The statement says many are single mothers who approached UNHCR earlier this year seeking assistance, because they could not cope with the rising standards of the cost of living in Yei.

It says the refugee received food, a kit of items for domestic use, tools and a plot of land on which to build their houses.

It states that lactating mothers were accommodated in a special transit facility to help keep their babies as healthy as possible.

Lasu settlement currently shelters about 8,300 Congolese refugees who fled violence from the Lord’s Resistance Army in the DR Congo.

 

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