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South Sudan’s Displaced Persons Reluctant To Return Home Despite Ceasefire Agreement

News outlets report that displaced persons in South Sudan are reluctant to return home despite threats of food insecurity and disease in camps and the promise of a ceasefire agreement signed last week.

The Guardian: South Sudan’s displaced people wary of return despite aid problems in camps
“…Despite a ceasefire signed late last week between the rebels … and the [South Sudan] government, people are unwilling to return to their homes. Instead, the U.N. reports that the number of displaced is actually increasing — creating concerns about food shortages and the spread of disease. Aid groups warn that the unstable security situation means they cannot reach all those who require assistance…” (Green, 1/30).

U.N. News Centre: U.N. humanitarian chief hopes South Sudan ceasefire will ease civilian suffering
“Noting that the recent conflict in South Sudan has rolled back development gains made over the past two years since independence, the top United Nations humanitarian official today voiced her hope that a recent ceasefire will enable people to return to their homes and rebuild their lives…” (1/29).