Returnees in South Sudan in need of our help to restart their lives

26 September 2012

According to the United Nation Office for the Organisation of Humanitarian Affairs, around 123,000 people have returned this year (Humanitarian Bulletin 3 – 9 September).

Despite the raising of hopes for going back home, the situation for people arriving is very complicated. The relief and development coordinator of the Diocese of Rejaf, Episcopal Church of Sudan, Mr Bullen Pitya, explains how returnees could not bring along their things, as they were flown from Sudan to Juba with minimum personal belongings.

They have been temporarily accommodated in a transit camp at Kabu, at the outskirts of Juba town, in the compound of a Teachers’ Training Institute. The returnees are expected to continue their journey and resettle in their villages, or towns of origin. However, as many of them had lived in Khartoum for a long time, over a period of 21 years of war, they do not seem to know their original villages.

Returnees have been asked to vacate the installation of the training institute within few weeks.  The Central Equatoria State has provided new land, the Kuda village in the north of Juba town, for their permanent resettlement. The International Organisation for Migration is providing the transport to their new home but they do not have anything to restart their life since they left all behind.

The diocese of Rejaf is asking for support to help South Sudanese returnees who are in urgent need. They are preparing to implement the following plan:

Objective of the response: To provide a package of cooking utensils, canvas and hand tools for each of 200 returnee families to enable them resettle in Kuda on their own plots allocated by the government of Central Equatoria State.

Targeted area: Resettlement village at Kuda

Targeted community: Returnees from Khartoum flown to Juba by IOM.

Number of beneficiaries: 200 families.

Time frame: Six months from August 2012 to February 2013.

Who is responsible for implementing the response: Relief Team of Rejaf Diocese comprising of Diocesan Secretary, MU Coordinator and Relief and Development Programme Coordinator.

Proposed budget:

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Number of items


Hand tools for menpickaxe, shovel, wheel barrow, hoe and   panga per family

200 sets of 6 items

455per setX200=91,000

Cooking Utensils- large aluminum

cooking pot, small aluminum cooking pot, 4 plates,   jerrycan, plastic basin, 2 water cups

200sets of 10 items

306 per set x200=61,200

Canvas 6 metres by 5 metres –  2 pieces per Family

400 pieces

400 x75=30,000

Hiring stores

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Local Transport

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Handling of materials

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The Sudanese Relief and Development Agency SUDRA which is part of the Church in Sudan will receive and manage the donations to this appeal and monitor the movement of resources. If you would like to support this appeal you can donate to:

Beneficiary bank: KCB Bank (Kenya Commercial Bank Ltd.)
Beneficiary Bank branch: Buluk
Beneficiary bank account number: 5500036564
Name on bank account: ECS SUDRA
Bank address: Ministries Road, Buluk, Juba, South Sudan; also Kenya Commercial Bank, Ltd., P.O. Box 48400.0010, Moi Avenue, Nairobi, Kenya

The Diocese of Rejaf will provide updates about the evolution of the situation and how resources have been used to respond to this emergency. The Anglican Alliance will post the report back on this appeal.

Anglicans around the world have been helping communities affected by the civil war in Sudan and South Sudan. The North American Episcopal Relief and Development and the Australian Anglican Board of Mission work in partnership to support the health service provided by the church in Sudan. They also provide emergency relief though SUDRA and have permanent appeals to help the affected communities and build the local capacity of the church.