UN announces first closure of a protection of civilian site in South Sudan

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After 4 years living in cramped conditions, families are finally leaving the protection of civilian site (POC)
next to the UNMISS base in Melut, SouthSudan, to return to their homes. Photo Credit: UNMISS

Hundreds of families who had been sheltering at a UN camp in South Sudan are returning home due to improved security.

That’s according to the UN mission in the country, UNMISS, which for the first time has closed one of its protection of civilian sites, or POCs.

These locations provide sanctuary for internally displaced people (IDPs) who have fled conflict which broke out four years ago.

Irene Lasu has been speaking to Sam Muhumure, the mission’s Senior Coordination Officer for Relief, Reintegration and Protection.

He explained how other partners, including the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) have been supporting the return of people from the POC site in the town of Melut, located in the Upper Nile Region.

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