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Wednesday, 07 March 2018

Refugees in Sudan…National and International Responsibilities

Sudan receives the largest number of refugees in the African and Middle East regions because of its long common borders with many countries in addition to the security situation in some of these countries. At the same time, Sudan is trying to curb the continuous influx of refugees from neighboring countries and in particular South Sudan. The high cost of the burden of this huge numbers of refugees have driven Sudanese officials to repeatedly call on the international community to fulfill their obligations towards the refugees and assist Sudan in addressing this hematuria challenge. On this context, the Sudan United Nations Society in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Commissioner for Refugee organized a workshop on: Refugees s in Sudan, International and National Responsibilities and UNHCR (United Nations Higher Commissioner for Refugees). 
The Vice President of the Republic Hassabo Mohamed Abdul Rahman in his address in the workshop said that Sudan commitment towards the refugees is based on moral and religious values. Same time on the United Nations and the donors to stand beside Sudan with effective support  to meet the needs of the refugees because at the present there are more than 3 million refugees which have a hard impact on the public services and create many challenges.
The Deputy Vice President said that seeking asylum in Sudan is historical and the country has witnessed many waves of migrations from neighboring countries for political and climatic reasons. He stressed on that the United Nations have double standards in dealing with Sudan as well as different standards and that the international assistance for the refugees in the country is almost negligible.  He added that Sudan will continue the national efforts to combat illegal migration and human trafficking and stressed on the urgent need to register refuges with the official channels and pointing to that abide by its commitments to refugees international convictions. Also, he directed the Ministry of Interior to arrest the human trafficking and illegal migration gangs. Hassabo called on the international community to address the root causes that drives refugees to leave their countries, and that Sudan cauterized   the Southern Sudanese as refugees so that they don’t lose their\ international rights but stressed on the political activities and disorder will not be tolerated in the refugee camps.
On the other hand, the National Refugee Commissioner Dr. Hamid Al Ghazoli said that Sudan have adapted towards the refugees the open door policy due to its geographical location and social realities. and pointed that police stations have been established in the camps to protect the refugees. The Commissioner said that Sudan in an endeavor for a final solutions have signed agreements with Chad for the voluntary return of the Chadian and Sudan refugees in both countries to their homelands. Hamid revealed that international assistance provided for the refugees cover only 31 percent of the expenses of accommodating them in Sudan which makes the refugees sharing with the Sudanese citizens the health, education and other public services.
In the same context the UNHCR Sudan representative highly commended the conditions of the refugees in Sudan and the Commission field visits have revealed that they leave in harmony with the Sudanese hosting communities.