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3,000 refugees abandon Sudan

By Vision Reporter

Added 10th August 2003 03:00 AM

ACUTE food and water shortage has forced over 3,000 residents of Olegu village in Bibia parish in Atiak sub-county, Kilak county in Gulu district, who had fled to southern Sudan, to return

ACUTE food and water shortage has forced over 3,000 residents of Olegu village in Bibia parish in Atiak sub-county, Kilak county in Gulu district, who had fled to southern Sudan, to return, reports Chris Ochowun.

The Atiak sub-county local council chairman, William Odong, said the residents who had fled Atiak for Nimule in southern Sudan due to repeated Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) attacks, returned home last month.

He said others were still camping in Adjumani district.

“They have come back. Immediately they arrived, the World Food Programme (WFP) welcomed them with relief food,” Odong said.

He said the returnees never received any humanitarian assistance while in the Sudan.

Odong said the refugees were harassed by Sudan People’s Liberation Army while in the Sudan. The SPLA has been fighting the Arab-led Government in Khartoum since 1983 whilke the LRA rebellion led by Joseph Kony has lasted 17 years.

3,000 refugees abandon Sudan

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