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(Juba) – The First Vice President H.E Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon on Sunday appealed to the IDPs and Refugees to voluntarily return home and help the Unity Government in the implementation of the revitalised peace agreement to move the Country forward.

Dr. Machar was addressing a Sunday Mass jointly organised by the Office of the First Vice President and the Presbyterian Church at the Protection of Civilians site – Checkpoint.


The First Vice President urged the IDPs to embrace Peace, Reconciliation and Forgiveness to enable the country move away from its troubled past and open a new charpter of peaceful coexistence and prosperity.

Dr. Machar reiterated the commitment of the Revitalised Transitional Government of National Unity to fully implement the agreement, saying the Unified Forces will be deployed in two weeks time to provide protection and security guarantees to the citizens to allow free movement of people.

Dr. Machar also called on the IDPs to form a Committee for the Reclamation of looted land and properties to register and record claims to help the government act appropriately to return houses and properties to the rightful owners.

The First Vice President further urged the IDPs to end intercommunal conflicts among themselves in the Protection of Civilians site and work for the unity and development of the Country as the revitalised agreement guides the country towards a democratic process to elect the future leaders of South Sudan in a free and fair Elections in December 2024.

Dr. Machar donated One Hundred Million South Sudanese Pounds to the various leadership structures and cultural groups in the POC and appreciated them for maintaining peace and unity.

The Minister for Presidential Affairs, Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin echoed the same sentiments and called on the IDPs to voluntarily return to their areas of origin or resettle in Juba in the areas that will be provided by the State government as directed by the President recently when he met the IDPs at Freedom Hall.

The representatives of the Internally Displaced Persons who spoke at ceremony reaffirmed their full support and commitment towards the implementation of Revitalized Peace Agreement and called on the government to improve security situation across the country, provide them land to resettle and other basic services.

The peace prayers at the Protection of Civilians site (POC) held under the theme; “Come Together for a Peaceful South Sudan” where attended by more than fifty thousand (50,000) Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and Senior governmen officials.

Source: Press Unit, Office of the First Vice President ©

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