Tens of thousands of South Sudanese nationals still stranded in Khartoum

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South Sudanese nationals heading home from Khartoum

Over 40,000 South Sudan nationals remain stranded in Khartoum as aid agencies struggle to raise funding to repatriate them, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

The organization says the returnees are living in makeshift camps in the Sudanese capital with limited access to food, water, healthcare and sanitation.

The stranded returnees were among thousands of South Sudanese nationals living in Sudan who had signed up to be repatriated after South Sudan gained its independence in July 2011.

Some of the returnees who managed to get to South Sudan are also stranded at overcrowded transit centres.

This week IOM is to airlift 700 vulnerable returnees from a transit centre in Malakal in South Sudan's Upper Nile state.

Jumbe Omari Jumbe from IOM has more details.

"The returnees are part of a group of 1,303 transported by the Africa Inland Church from the Sudanese capital Khartoum to Malakal, South Sudan, at the end of March. The airlift will ease congestion at the Malakal transit site, which has exceeded its limited capacity of 10,000 returnees.. Two flights per day will depart from Malakal during the course of the week, taking passengers to three reception sites in Western Bahr el Ghazal, Northern Bahr el Ghazal and Lakes states. Each flight will carry between 75-80 passengers."

IOM says it expects to provide transport to some 6,000 stranded returnees in 2013.

Patrick Maigua,United Nations Radio, Geneva.

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