Twenty thousand IDPs leave PoC sites
by Radio Miraya – May 11, 2016
Up to 20,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) have voluntarily left the various UN Protection of Civilian (PoC) sites.
Sam Muhumure, the Senior Coordination Officer for the Relief Reintegration and Protection (RRP) section of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) says the IDPs are leaving voluntarily because of improved security in many parts of the country.
“Some have gone back to the areas, while others have settled in areas where they feel comfortable,” said Muhumure.
The six UN PoC sites currently shelter 180,000 IDPs. Muhumure was speaking at the weekly UNMISS press briefing in Juba.
He said UNMISS continues to conduct patrols and provide the necessary protection and services through Quick Impact Projects to benefit communities outside the PoC sites.
The UN Mission has earmarked 19 Quick Impact Projects this year to support communities and bring a sense of normalcy outside the PoCs.
The projects include building and rehabilitation of schools, health centres and supporting various livelihood projects.
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Meanwhile, the United Nations is working with humanitarian partners and the National Ministry of Humanitarian affairs to develop a strategy to support the return and reintegration of IDPs from the all the sites.
Muhumure says a joint strategy is being developed for a smooth and voluntary return exercise.