More stranded South Sudanese from Sudan leave for Juba

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IOM staff assist returnees as they disembark the barge (PHOTO@IOM)

More South Sudanese who had been stranded in the South Sudanese border town of Renk since 2011 are being transported by barge to the capital, Juba, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

The people are part of the 30,000 South Sudanese who got stranded in Renk after the authorities in Sudan asked them to leave when South Sudan became an independent country in 2011.

IOM has been organizing barges to transport the South Sudanese from the border town in the Upper Nile State to their final destinations.

Jumbe Omari Jumbe is IOM spokesperson in Geneva.

"Another river barge left on the 4th of October with 947 returnees. The barge is expected to arrive in Juba, the capital of South Sudan in two weeks time. By this trip, it means that the numbers of the stranded migrants will go down further probably to 6,600 and we are still trying to organize funds to complete transport assistance to those who will remain behind." (28")

Jumbe Omari Jumbe says IOM medical staff is accompanying the barge to ensure that all the passengers are fit and well and will arrive at their places in good health.

He adds that since the beginning of the year, IOM has helped nearly 6,000 returnees with transportation to reach their final destinations in South Sudan.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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