Thousands of South Sudanese living in limbo

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South Sudanese returning home

South Sudanese returning home

The legal status of hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese residing in Sudan still remains unclear with only a week to the April 7th deadline for them to regularize their stay.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) says plans by the two governments to sign an agreement to allow south Sudanese wishing to remain in Khartoum obtain identification papers have been scuttled by recent border skirmishes between the two countries.

Jumbe Omari Jumbe from IOM says the organization had hoped the agreement would have been signed this week and bring to an end months of anxiety for the nearly 500,000 Sudan Sudanese living in Sudan.

"The two parties agreed on a framework of agreement called four freedoms which basically will allow the southerners who wish to stay in the north to acquire the identities from the South and live legally in the north. This agreement was about to signed in south. President el Bashir was in the process of going to the south to sign this agreement this week, but suddenly a flare-up happened again and consequently President el Bashir suspended his visit to the south which was meant to sign on this agreement. We are at square one so to speak. There is no word about this deadline from the north so we are in a limbo."

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