Sudan Families Returning to West Darfur from Chad

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Following the improved security situation and stability in Darfur, dozens of Sudanese families that had been refugees in Chad have recently returned to West Darfur state, announced Darfur Commissioner for Voluntary Return, Taj al-din Ibrahim al-Tahir on Sunday.

He said dozens of families that were in eastern Chad returned and resettled to Beida area in the state of West Darfur.

In a report released this week, the UNOCHA said some 13,000 people have returned state from eastern Chad to Sirba and Kulbus localities, in West Darfur state.

Al-Tahir said the Office of Voluntary Return is working in coordination with the state authorities to provide the needed support to the returnees.

The commissioner recently inspected the conditions of returnees to Beida town in West Darfur state and verified that local authorities have provided basic education and health and established a police station.

The report was released after a joint inter-agency mission to the areas last August including representatives from the Government’s Humanitarian Aid Commission (HAC), UN agencies, international and national NGOs, UNAMID and Sudanese security.

“The mission found that the nomads, residents and return communities in the return areas live together peacefully as there are functioning farms and crop protection committees that mediate and resolve disputes over farmlands’” OCHA said.