Over 1,300 South Sudanese airlifted from SudanListen /
More than 1,300 South Sudanese stranded in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum are being airlifted to South Sudan in an operation that started on Tuesday.
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) says the people are among approximately 40,000 South Sudanese who moved to open places in Khartoum in 2010 expecting to be transported to South Sudan.
According to the IOM, many of the people gave up their jobs and homes in anticipation of the move and subsequently became stranded and at risk from prolonged exposure to the elements.
Jumbe Omari Jumbe is IOM spokesperson in Geneva.
"The operation is aim to airlift 1,370 extremely vulnerable South Sudanese from the Sudanese capital Khartoum to Aweil in South Sudan’s Northern Bahr El Ghazal State. The IOM-managed airlift will comprise two 47-seat charter flights a day over the next two weeks." (Duration: 23")
The IOM says it is carrying out the operation with the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) in collaboration with the governments of Sudan and South Sudan.