MP wants refugees in Sudan repatriated ‘before too late’

MP wants refugees in Sudan repatriated ‘before too late’
A group of South Sudanese refugees in Sudan (photo credit: file)

A Member of Parliament in the Reconstituted Transitional National Legislative Assembly Salva Mathok Gengdit has urged the government to repatriate the refugees from Sudan “before it’s too late”.

In an interview with The City Review yesterday, Mathok expressed concern that in case anything happens in Sudan, the refugees may fall prey to acts like rape or human trafficking.

He said despite the condition of the floods in the country, the government should develop a strategy to convince them to return home for their safety.

“The worse thing now is that they are living in a very horrible situation and in different states and different localities that make them vulnerable to be to subjects to many issues; insecurity is number one. In case of anything the UN will not go to their place, they will be blocked,” Mathok stressed.

He reiterated that there would be fear of women and ladies being subjected to inhuman practices should the situation in Sudan deteriorate.

“The flood in South Sudan is bad but what will happen to them there in Sudan will be worse than what flood can do to them. What I am saying to the government is to put a strategic plan in case something happens in Sudan,” he added.

The lawmaker called for a plan to be put in place to evacuate the refugees instead of waiting for a disaster to strike.


Mathok said initially there were two unifying factors in Sudan during the Sudanese war of Anyanya-one of them being the then SPLM/A war which he said no longer exists.

“The unifying factors were that South Sudanese were against Islam. They had blocked Islam not to ensue deep into East African countries, and that Sudan is an Arab country but South Sudanese (evils) are declining to recognize that we are all Arabs.”

He said that the two factors that endeared Arabs support to the Jihadists no longer exist. And according to him, the new state of affairs resulted in the failed coup on September 9, 2021.

He said that although the coup was foiled by the Sudanese government, there is still a threat posed against the freedom of the South Sudanese refugees living in Sudan.

“In my analysis, the crisis in Sudan will continue to escalate and my concern is about our refugees who are staying deep inside the territories of Sudan,” Mathok stressed.

Last month residents living along Port Sudan had halted the exportation of the South Sudan oil exports through Port Sudan

The Sudanese protesters closed Port Sudan Airport amid protests against the 2020 peace deal with rebel groups. The protests came up following complaints from the Beja tribes who are the majority in the commercial centers of Eastern Sudan criticizing the peace agreement on the account that “it did not represent them’’.

The protesters blocked the main road connecting Port Sudan affecting operations at the port.

“The crises in Port Sudan have led to the closure of port and with that closure, we are not in a position to export our oil,’’ said the Minister for Information Michael Makuei as he spoke to the media after the meeting last Friday.

The closure of the port came days after Sudanese authorities thwarted an attempted coup said to have been plotted by supporters of former long-time ruler Omar Al-Bashir, in what it said was meant to derail the ongoing transition period following his ouster in 2019.

Several coup attempts had taken place in Sudan in the years since President Bashir was toppled, the BBC’s media monitoring service reported.

Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok said several days of unrest in Port Sudan in the east of the country were also part of a plot to destabilize the country. There had been tension within the Sovereign Council which was supposed to be overseeing a return to civilian rule.” We’re not going back… people are trying to turn back the hands of time,” said Information Minister Hamza Baloul in a statement read on state TV after the failed coup attempt.