The Government of Sudan yesterday prevented humanitarian organizations to give food to over 12,000 South Sudanese stranded in Kosti.This comes after Khartoum declared the state of emergency in the areas bordering South Sudan, and that the 12,000 South Sudanese stranded in Kosti as refugees should leave the area until the end of this week.
Government spokesperson Barnaba Marial Benjamin told journalists in Juba that Khartoum has stopped humanitarian agencies to assist South Sudanese with food and water.
He said the authorities confiscated food stored for the South Sudanese and gave orders that any Southerner seen in any part of Kosti after Saturday’s deadline should be arrested.
Dr Marial added the government is seriously concerned about the fate of 12,000 South Sudanese who may lose their lives because Sudanese government does not care about them anymore.
The estimated 12,000 South Sudanese have been in Kosti for the almost a year ready to return home but Khartoum stopped the barges to repatriate them.
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