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Sunday, 25 March 2018

Sudanese Refugees Return from CAR

(OCHA ) The voluntary repatriation of Sudanese refugees from Pladama Ouaka refugee camp in Bambari, Central Africa Republic (CAR) to Dafag, South Darfur ended on 5 January, with 1,494 people returned to their home villages in Dafag, ending 10 years of asylum in the CAR, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).
Facilitated by UNHCR and the Governments of Sudan and CAR, beginning on 12 December 2017, the refugees returned to Sudan via 66 UNHCR-chartered flights to South Darfur. Returnees are being provided with return packages to support their reintegration in Sudan, including: plots of land, non-food items and cash grants for shelter materials. The World Food Programme (WFP) is also providing a two-month food ration.
The refugees had fled from South Darfur to the CAR in 2007, during the conflict between Sudanese forces and armed groups. In late November 2017, they expressed their intention to return to Sudan, following improvements in the security situation and the disarmament of armed groups in their home villages.
UNHCR and the Government’s Commissioner for Refugees (COR) are working with the State Ministry of Health (SMoH), local authorities and other partners—including the UN Children’s Agency (UNICEF), the United Nations - African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), CARE International Switzerland and Norwegian Church Aid—to enhance services in the Dafag area. The Government of Sudan has pledged to implement international standards governing refugee returns, including the benefit of amnesties. UNHCR will continue to monitor the returnees and their situation in Dafag to ensure a secure and inclusive reintegration process.
There are 194 Sudanese refugees (70 families) who have opted to remain in CAR. UNHCR is working with the Government of CAR and the refugees to develop a local integration strategy to ensure that Sudanese refugees continue to benefit from international protection and are able to rebuild their lives in CAR in safety and with dignity.
Over 900 Chadian refugees living in Sudan have now returned to Chad
On 28 December 2017, a third convoy left Um Shalaya refugee camp, transporting 339 Chadian refugees to Moudeina, in Sila region of eastern Chad, according to UNHCR.
Since the return operation began on 18 December 2017, 944 Chadian refugees have returned to Moudeina so far, via three convoys. The voluntary repatriation process is ongoing and will continue in 2018. By April, it is expected that up to 4,000 refugees will have returned to Chad, after seeking refuge in Darfur for more than 10 years.
Since the outbreak of violence in Chad from 2005 to 2007, UNHCR and partners have worked with the Government of Sudan to provide Chadian refugees with protection and assistance, including the establishment of two refugee camps in Central Darfur. The voluntary repatriation of Chadian refugees follows the signing of a tri-partite agreement in May 2017 between UNHCR and the Governments of Sudan and Chad, outlining key considerations for return. Nearly half of Chadian refugees in Darfur have expressed their willingness to return to Chad. Refugees who chose to remain in Darfur will continue to benefit from the principles of international protection.
UNHCR assisted in the repatriation of about 1,500 Sudanese refugees from CAR.