IOM prepares to airlift South Sudanese back home

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Families upload their belongings onto a truck

The repatriation of nearly 15,000 South Sudanese currently stranded at a town south of the Sudanese capital Khartoum, is expected to commence this weekend, according to the International Organization for Migration(IOM).

The South Sudanese have been in Kosti way station for up to a year waiting for transport to enable them to complete their journey back to South Sudan.

IOM says the voluntary repatriation excercise is expected to cost 5.5 million dollars, but is currently facing a funding shortfall of up to 3 million dollars.

IOM spokesperson Jumbe Omari Jumbe says funding is needed to hire 25 buses, charter over 100 flights and also pay for food, medical services and accommodation for the returnees.

"We are appealing that these funds be made available immediately; preferably we get commitments before we start the movements because any mid way disruption will mean more hardships to the people who are already vulnerable. But also may jeopardize the agreement we have reached with the Sudanese government."

Duration 20"

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