(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
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
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
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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