The third batch of IDPs leaving Juba for Unity State after 7 years in UNMISS finally arrived this week in Rubkona County, Unity State.
More than 13 households and 64 individuals were received at the Rubkona County airstrip by the state government officials.
Unity State Government Secretary-General Moses Dak William who received the IDPs said the government is ready to settle everybody returning home as part of the peace deal.
William added that the returnees will allocate lands for settlement and to participate in their quick integration into the community.
He also thanks the stakeholders involved in the process for their efforts and support.
William urges the IDPs to observe the social distancing measures because the COVID-19 cases surging across the country.
Several humanitarian agencies witnessed the arrival of the IDPs among the World Food Program (WPF) which offered food items to the returnees.
Nyapuoka Koang an IDP returning home from Juba after 6 years in the UNMISS expressed her gratitude to those who contribute to making her return possible. She urged the people to embrace peace and unity.
An official who spoke to Ramciel but asked his identity hide because he was not authorized to speak says the move is a breakthrough for the people affected by the citizens who were living in the protection of the civilian’s sites in Juba for the last 6 years or so.
“The move is highly welcome and appreciated. All the people involved in this have done a great job especially the State Government who is ready to help the returnees. Thanks to the UNHCR for repatriating back the IDPs to their home county after many years without coming back home.”
The official also said because of peace, it is now possible for people to return to their homes since the government will provide them with the support they need and protection.
“We want to tell the returnees that we are with them all the way. The government will protect them and let them take advantage of the land that will be allocated to them by the government of the State.”