Kiir asks partners to support returnees with farming tools

President Salva Kiir is appealing to relief agencies to support displaced persons with tools to help them rebuild their lives as they return to their home areas.

The President said those voluntarily returning home mostly require agricultural inputs to strengthen their livelihood.

“As a result of the improved security situation, most internally displaced persons (IDPs) in UNMISS camps across the country are returning home. The voluntary return of refugees from the neighboring countries has also been recorded,” Kirr stated while addressing the nation on July 9.

The President indicated that the government lack resources to facilitate and support returnees to rebuild their lives.

“We are calling upon our international partners to support these returnees, especially those returning to rural areas be assisted with tools and seeds to help them produce their own food and improve food security,” he added.

According to 2018 Revitalized peace agreement in chapter three, the Revitalized Government of National Unity (RTGoNU) is responsible for the protection, repatriation, resettlement, reintegration, and rehabilitation of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and returnees.

This is process is to be carried out in coordination with the United Nations, other relief, and humanitarian agencies.

The RTGoNU is also obligated by the agreement with the reparation of those affected by the 2013 and 2016 conflicts.