Southern Kordofan Receives the Most Returnees

16 February 2007 (Sudan Radio Service)

At least 348 internally displaced persons or IDP’s have recently returned to Southern Kordofan, also known as the Nuba Mountains region.

An official from the International Organization for Migration, Mr. Mario Tavolaj, said that he believes Southern Kordofan sees the most returnees to southern Sudan.

[Mario Tavolaj]: “Southern Kordofan is probably the priority area of return followed by Northern Bahr el-Ghazal. It seems to me that 30 percent of the people willing to return were indicating Southern Kordofan and almost 20 percent, something like that, was indicating Northern Bahr el-Ghazal and the rest have been distributed all over the country. There are also not just these are the main areas of return, there are other priority areas of return, these are the big numbers.”

Mr. Tavolaj was speaking in a press conference in Khartoum on Wednesday.

He said the exercise is being carried out by the Government of National Unity in conjunction with the Government of Southern Sudan and the United Nations Mission in Sudan.


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