Southern Sudan Returnees
By Paul Ndiho
Millions of Southern Sudanese have lived in northern Sudan for decades. Some had jobs, others were married and their children were born there. But it was never quite home. In days leading up to the referendum, tens of thousands started going back home to the South. The UNHCR estimates that more 180,000 southern Sudanese have returned. VOA’s Paul Ndiho caught up Dominik Bartsch, UNHCR’S program coordinator for Sudan and Chad, who says much of the area remains devastated and undeveloped. And that many of returnees will continue to depend on assistance to rebuild their lives.