IOM appeals for $20 million to transport South Sudan returnees

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An IOM-organized barge convoy carrying 856 South Sudanese returnees docks in the capital Juba, marking the end of a 17-day voyage from the northern border town of Renk. © IOM 2013

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is working to return approximately 40,000 South Sudanese nationals who have been stranded in transit camps in Sudan's capital, Khartoum, for nearly three years.

IOM is appealing for $20 million to cover the cost of flights for these people who have been living in makeshift squalid conditions with no access to water and sanitation and decent shelter.

South Sudan became an independent country in July 2011, and the returnees are among thousands of people who had been living in the north for years.

UN Radio's Patrick Maigua in Geneva learns more about the situation of South Sudanese returnees from IOM spokesperson Jumbe Omari Jumbe.

Duration: 3’23″

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