120 returnees arrive in Abyei via Agok airstrip

Head of the accompanying delegation and member of the Council of States Hon. Tabitha Alich Chol Minyiel pictured in Agok on May 30th 2023. | Photo credit: Makuac Deng Ayei | AIRS 2023

The first air trip from Renk carrying 120 people mainly women and children fleeing the war in Sudan arrived at the Agok airstrip on Tuesday morning 30th May 2023.

The head of the accompanying delegation and member of the Council of State spoke to Abyei FM upon arrival.

Hon. Tabitha Chol Minyiel said that the National Relief and Rehabilitation Commission (RRC) designated flights to lift Abyei people back home.

She said more flights will follow. According to a member of the committee in Juba, two trips will come to Abyei on Friday and Saturday this week.

Hon. Tabitha described humanitarian situation of those who returned to South Sudan from Sudan and currently in Renk as dire.

Ayor Chol a mother of four children said they faced a shortage of food, water, and medicines in Renk.

On the other hand, the acting chairperson of the local relief and rehabilitation commission said they have directed humanitarian organizations to assist the returnees. 

Abyei returnees were highly received by the Deputy Chief Administrator, Hon. Noon Deng Nyok, security advisor, acting RRC chairperson, police commissioner, paramount chief, and nine chieftaincy chiefs and humanitarian organizations.

The returnees were taken to Abyei Town where some of them will go to their houses or join relatives.