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20,000 Sudanese IDPs move to more spacious locations in Juba.

JUBA (CyHAN)- After about a year living in difficult conditions in a UN protection site which became a safe haven for thousands after conflict broke out in South Sudan in mid-December 2013, the last of displaced people have been moved to a more spacious location also in the Juba area.

A total of about 20,000 Internally Displaced People (IDPs) have over the recent months been moved from the UN Mission in South Sudan's location in Tomping site, in Juba the capital, in a coordinated exercise carried out by UNMISS and various partners who included the International Organisation for Migration and the UN Refugee Agency.

The last move happened on Christmas Eve, from a location where the displaced had been cramped.

Health concerns had been posed, given that the IDPs were cramped, and with the last raining season, the area experienced flooding, and possibility of easily spread of water-borne diseases.

The new location now hosts about 33,079 displaced persons.

The old location which is now deserted with remains of temporary shelter, and some personal effects left behind. It will be bulldozed, and cleared to give way to additional troop numbers UNMISS is to receive. The Security Council on Christmas Eve 2013 passed a resolution mandating a ceiling of 12,500 military and 1,323 formed Police Units, numbers which will continue being reviewed.

Unrest which started in the capital Juba quickly spread to three other states of Jonglei, Upper Nile, and Unity State.

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JANUARY 2015, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

Abandoned protection of civilian site Tomping Juba

Tent structure at protection of civilian site Tomping Juba

Remains of luggage at protection of civilian site Tomping Juba

Tents at protection of civilian site Tomping Juba

Cooking equipment at protection of civilian site Tomping Juba

Derk Segaar Chief Resident Coordinator's Office (RCO), Relief, Reintegration and Protection (RRP) Section UNMISS walking in the protection of civilian site Tomping Juba

Vehicle moving in protection of civilian site Tomping Juba

Water container at protection of civilian site Tomping Juba

Toothbrush at protection of civilian site Tomping Juba

UNMISS vehicle entering new protection of civilians site Juba

Sign post of new protection of civilian site Juba

New protection of civilian site Juba

New protection of civilian site Juba

SOUNDBITE: (English): Derk Segaar Chief Resident Coordinator's Office (RCO),

Relief, Reintegration and Protection (RRP) Section UNMISS

"The big challenge was the issue of congestion, just having too many people in a small space. So how we dealt with that was to build a very big new site and step by step start to move IDPs voluntarily from here to this new site. So they are now all based there in much better conditions although of course it is far from an ideal solution. What we really want is for people to go home."

SOUNDBITE: (English): Derk Segaar Chief Resident Coordinator's Office (RCO),

Relief, Reintegration and Protection (RRP) Section UNMISS

"We have dealt with the immediate problem that is facing these internally displace people in our camp here. They are in better conditions now but we still have the long way to go until we are where everybody wants to be which is a safe and secure South Sudan, where everybody feels safe enough to go home. "

SOUNDBITE: (English): Derk Segaar Chief Resident Coordinator's Office (RCO),

Relief, Reintegration and Protection (RRP) Section UNMISS

"People were very reluctant initially because it is always the uncertainty of going to another place you don't know. It takes a while for people to build the confidence that the other place just as good or better and in this case definitely better because people got a lot more space and their conditions are much better I mean the new site has really been planned to house internally displace people for a much longer period of time"

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