Three thousand two hundred Central African Republic refugees who had fled their homes to neighbouring Sudan have returned to the country.
According to Moustapha Amgabo, the Sultan-Mayor of Birao, chief town of the Vakaga prefecture from where most of the returning refugees fled, “for the first time since the beginning of the inter-communal crises which rocked the northern towns in 2019, at least 3,200 Central African Republic refugees in Sudan have returned to their country.”
“Among them, 1,200 are from the town of Birao and 2,000 others from neighbouring villages,” Amgabo said.
Government authorities in Birao say they are not capable of taking care of the returnees because most of them no longer have houses in the town where they can be lodged.
“I have returned to Birao because peace has returned. People have started returning progressively. However, due to the lack of habitation, I have been forced to perch near the UN military camp. Since we arrived here, we cannot go anywhere. Our house was burnt, everything was looted, that is why I have been forced to stay here,” said a mother of three children who has just returned from Sudan but who refused to give her name.
The Sultan-Mayor of Birao said “it is a good sign in the region. It calls on the non-governmental organizations of goodwill to come to their assistance.”
In 2019, following inter-communal violence in northern towns, the majority of the population of Birao and neighbouring villages fled the country to find refuge in neighbouring Sudan.
Though many of the refugees are returning to the country, many others remain abroad for fear of the possibility of a resumption of violence and deterioration of the security situation in the north of the Central African Republic.
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