55,000 re­turn to south Su­dan ahead of ref­er­en­dum

The Pak Banker - - International -

GENEVA: Some 55,000 dis­placed south­ern Su­danese have re­turned to their home­land from the north in the last few weeks, ahead of a key ref­er­en­dum on south Su­dan's in­de­pen­dence, the UN refugee agency said Tues­day.

"With the Su­dan ref­er­en­dum just weeks away, thou­sands of south­ern­ers liv­ing in the north are head­ing back to south­ern Su­dan," said Adrian Ed­wards, spokesman for the UN High Com­mis­sioner for Refugees.

"Their move­ment by road, rail, barge and plane is both or­ga­nized by the South Su­dan govern­ment and spon­ta­neous.

"In the last few weeks, nearly 55,000 south­ern Su­danese have re­turned to the south­ern states, mainly to Unity State," added the spokesman.

South­ern­ers are due t o vote i n a ref­er­en­dum on Jan­uary 9 on whether t o re­main united with the north or break away and form their own coun­try. -Afp

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