Editorial :Southerners' Reconciliation of Situations
According to Sudan News Agency, three airplanes carrying 99 of the Southerners elders, disabled and persons of special needs left Khartoum, Thursday for Wau and Aweil in the context of the program of the return of the South Sudan citizens to their country which is supervised by the National Center for the Displaced in coordination with the United Nations International Organization for Migration (IOM).
According to the Director of National Center for Displaced, Al-Sir Al-Omda the air flights will continue on Friday and Saturday, putting the number of the southerners who will be transported to State of South Sudan to 360.
The IOM will complete the transportation of 360 disabled southerners in coordination with the concerned parties in the government through organized air flights.
However, there are hundreds of thousands of other southerners waiting to be transported staying in open area in Khartoum and railway stations besides those stranded in Kosti river port.
According to the UN statistics the number of the remaining southerners in the north is more than 700 thousands who were not provided by the transport means to return to the new-born state and the required funds are not available at the moment to complete the process.
The deadline given by the government for the stay of those is nearing and the southerners are asked to reconcile their situations before April 8th.
We are now remaining with only six weeks from the deadline, and it is clear that the reconciliation could not be done within such limited time considering that the Republic of South Sudan did not start its official work up to this moment.
We believe that thousands of southerners living in the north will not be able to get the nationality of southern Sudan within the said period to reconcile their situations to even register themselves as foreigners.
Accordingly, it seems that it is a mission impossible and the decision needs to be reconsidered.
We don't want the existing tension between the governments of Sudan and South Sudan to reflect negatively on the ordinary citizen or to overstep the humanitarianism and employment procedures let alone the issue of human rights.
The two governments should enter into special sessions to discuss this issue considering its urgent humanitarian dimensions irrespective of the other outstanding issue dispute.
It is an emergency issue which needs urgent and special dealing with.
By Sudan Vision, 29/01/2012