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Sudan confirms hosting over 600,000 South Sudanese refugees

KHARTOUM Sudan (Xinhua) -- Sudan on Sunday announced that it is hosting over 600,000 South Sudanese refugees, according to Sudan’s Humanitarian Aid Commission (HAC).

"Sudan is hosting more than 600,000 South Sudanese refugees. Sudan has provided more than 12,000 tons of humanitarian assistance to the citizens of South Sudan," said HAC Commissioner Ahmed Mohamed Adam in a statement Sunday.

The Sudanese official further urged the international community to support the efforts being made by Sudan to provide more aid to the South Sudanese citizens before the arrival of the rainy season.

Last March 26, the Sudanese Government agreed to open a new humanitarian corridor for delivering humanitarian aid to the people of South Sudan who are facing the spectre of famine.

Earlier United Nations High Commission for refugees (UNHCR) and its partners have appealed for USD 166 million from international donors to help refugees and host communities in Sudan.

According to official statistics last month, around 495,000 South Sudanese are present in Sudan.

Recently famine was officially declared in South Sudan, where the South Sudanese government and the UN said 100,000 people are facing starvation, with one million people classified as being on the brink of famine.

The famine was attributed to many reasons including the civil war and collapse of the economy in the new-born state.


Japanese troops begin pullout from UN mission in South Sudan

JUBA South Sudan (Xinhua) -- Japan’s Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) have started pullout from the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), ending a five-year peacekeeping mission in the war-torn African country.

UNMISS Spokesman Daniel Dickinson confirmed to Xinhua on Monday that the first batch of the Japanese troops would leave Juba on Monday and others will follow in shifts.

Tokyo started contributing a contingent of 350 GSDF to the UN mission in 2012 to assist in construction of roads and other infrastructure.

The Japanese government announced the withdrawal of the troops from UNMISS in March, nearly four months after it approved new security roles for the GSDF that would enable them to use guns and rescue colleagues caught up in attacks.

The South Sudanese government said last month that bilateral relations with Japan will remain "unshakable" after Tokyo ended the peacekeeping mission.

The government said it expected Tokyo’s continued contribution in nation building in other development projects.


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