Following a three-day visit to Sudan and South Sudan, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi has urged for united efforts to find long-term solutions for the almost 7 million forcibly displaced people.
Grandi urged continued support for the peace process, particularly a solutions initiative agreed to by the governments of Sudan and South Sudan under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Support Platform, with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, on behalf of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Support Platform.
In Sudan and South Sudan, the programme strives to establish long-term solutions for refugees, internally displaced people (IDPs), returnees, and host communities.
Grandi met with Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, who is also the current IGAD chairperson, at the end of his two-day visit to Sudan. They talked about how the two countries might work together to spearhead the process of finding long-term solutions for the region’s displaced people.
In Juba, South Sudan’s capital, the High Commissioner met with President Salva Kiir to address the importance of peace in finding long-term solutions for the country’s displaced people.
Nearly 300,000 South Sudanese refugees have returned to the country since the Revitalized Peace Agreement was signed in 2018, with over 1 million more internally displaced people returning to their homes.
Grandi stressed that UNHCR will continue to engage with the governments of Sudan and South Sudan, as well as the international donor community, to help returnees and those who remain displaced live in safety and dignity.
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