Khartoum, 30 May, 2023 / 9:28 pm (ACI Africa).
The expected rainy season in South Sudan’s Upper Nile State is likely to worsen the situation of returnees, who have camped at Renk, one of the entry points for those fleeing violence in Sudan’s capital city, Khartoum, officials the Jesuits Refugee Service (JRS) have said.
In a Tuesday, May 30 report, officials of the international refugee entity of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) that set up “an outreach point” at Renk in the Northeastern part of South Sudan describe the “not easy” situation of some of those escaping the Sudan war that broke out on April 15.
"Being stuck in the limbo of Renk is not easy. People are afraid that the arrival of the rainy season will bring diseases and new hygiene and health challenges," they say, adding that food and water supplies are insufficient at Renk.
Officials of the Jesuit entity continue, "Overcrowding and limited resources only aggravate an already vulnerable situation, triggering tensions and conflicts among the displaced population itself."
The displaced people "fear new violence and uncertainty about what will happen next," the officials of JRS further say.