South Sudan

UN Closes Camp for Foreign Refugees in South Sudan

UNMISS has closed down the single Protection of Civilians` camp in Juba South Sudan

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has closed down the single Protection of Civilians` camp that was housing the refugees from foreign countries in the war torn nation.

The camp in capital Juba that was established in late 2013 when the war had just broken out in South Sudan was shut down on Monday this week.

The UNMISS spokesman, pharmacy Michael Contreras in a statement said the move was due to “drastic” changes in the security situation and the refugees numbering over 200 who are mainly Ethiopians, order Eritreans and Somalis can get back to their previous places of residence and work.

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“A deadline has passed for more than 200 foreigners to leave the UN-run protection facility in the capital of South Sudan.” Part of the statement says.

Others reportedly still wanted to stay in the camp.

“With the security situation now “drastically” changed, pharm the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) on Monday closed its protection–of-civilians (POC) site in Juba. Although most foreigners had left before then, some still want to stay.”

Several foreigners were trapped in Juba and other major towns in South Sudan when the war broke out between the SPLA forces aligned to President Salva Kiir against those aligned to former vice president, Dr. Riek Machar whom the former accused of attempting a coup.

The Ugandan army, UPDF was immediately deployed in the capital to secure the United Nations compound and the sole international airport Juba.

The deployment of UPDF that was extended to major embassies helped in the evacuation of thousands of foreign nationals including Americans, British, Dutch and Africans from mainly the neighboring countries.

Other foreigners from equally unstable nations like Somalia and Eritrea failed to make it back to their countries and a special camp was opened for them in Juba.

Recently the government and the rebels signed a peace agreement and the capital is greatly stable though fighting still being reported in the oil producing states of Upper Nile and Unity.





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