Sudan Return Home before Referendum?

Politics, Web Series

Sudan Return Home before Referendum?

The people of Sudan are returning back home in a rush employing any means of transportation available including Nile barge, before the country is split into two.
It is perhaps that they are not merely anxious to get home but to leave areas of Sudan that will soon no longer be seen as part of their country - Arab Sudanese heading North and Southerners moving South. Watching these film reports reminds of similar scenes in the partition of India or Palestine some 60 or more years earlier- or more recently some states of the former Soviet Union and the former Yugoslavia.
Uncertainty is very visible and fear barely under the surface, perhaps to be exploited to create more hate.


Transcripts / Production notes / Scripts

Ali Ibrahim, Director of Transportation, Nile Company for River Transportation:
"The remaining voluntary returns at the Port now are about 2000 people. Two weeks ago, the total number reached more than 6,000. Nearly 4,000 have left and this coming Thursday the remaining 2,000 people will move."

(English) Peter Gatwech, Head of the Taskforce and Team Leader of the Southern Sudan Rehabilitation and Relief Commission:
''We are targeting 150,000 from November 2010 until 2011 we wish to see 150,000 IDPS in south Sudan by the end of third phase.”


Thousands of internally displaced Southern Sudanese have been camping close to the Port of Kosti, about a four-hour drive from Khartoum, awaiting their return to various regions of Southern Sudan.

With barely three weeks ahead of the Southern Sudan January 2011 which is expected to start on the 9th, a majority of the returnees who have been camping in at the Kosti way-station for days awaiting their return along the river Nile by barge - may still be travelling days into the referendum period. A trip on the barge to distant areas like Juba could take close to a month.

Kosti Port located in White Nile State is a major North-South gateway for travellers to and from the cities of South Sudan by road or river.

Aliya, and elderly woman and a mother of six has been living in Ed Damazine for about 20 years, and is now headed to Bor.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Aliya, Elderly Woman Returning to Bor:
"I have come because of the war staying more than 20 years in the north in Ed Damazin and now we are going back to the our land.”

Thousands of the returnees arriving in Kosti are part of the Accelerated Return and Early Reintegration Initiative – ARERI - the Government of Southern Sudan (GOSS) organized movements. Through this voluntary repatriation to South Sudan, large numbers of people have left various States in Northern Sudan.

Ali Ibrahim Ali, Director of Transportation in the Nile Company for River Transportation in Kosti confirmed the movement of voluntary returns.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Ali Ibrahim, Director of Transportation, Nile Company for River Transportation:
"The remaining voluntary returns at the Port now are about 2000 people. Two weeks ago, the total number reached more than 6,000. Nearly 4,000 have left and this coming Thursday the remaining 2,000 people will move."

Speaking in Khartoum, Peter Gatwech Peter the Head of the Taskforce and Team Leader of the government of the Southern Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Commission (SSRRC) said they were targeting 150,000 Internally Displaced People to move to the South.

Peter Gatwech, Head of the Taskforce and Team Leader of the Southern Sudan Rehabilitation and Relief Commission:
''We are targeting 150,000 from November 2010 until 2011 we wish to see 150,000 IDPS in south Sudan by the end of third phase.”

The SSRRC has to date assisted in the movement of 49, 963 returnees. Another 39,000 are waiting to move while another 60,000 will be moved by March.

Details

Language: Arabic

Year of Production: 2010

Length: 2 minutes

Country: Sudan

Directors:

  • Muhamed Sacirbey, UNTV

Producers:

  • Susan Sacirbey