The humanitarian commission in Darfur has announced that 353 Sudanese refugees have returned from refugee camps in Chad to West Darfur state.
In press statements to the semi-official Sudanese Media Center (SMC) on Thursday, the commissioner of refugees in Darfur Mugeeb Ulrahman said that the competent authorities have completed arrangements for returnees and the solution of land issues and certificates and the national card, disclosing arrangements for the return of another group of (300) refugees to Al-Geneina on the third of December
On 31 May 2017, Sudan, Chad and the UNHCR signed two separate tripartite agreements on the voluntary return of Sudanese refugees from Chad and Chadian refugees from Sudan.
Also, the three parties in January 2018 signed an operational plan for the repatriation of 20,000 Sudanese refugees from Chad to Darfur region during this year.
However, despite the signing of the agreement, only 53 Sudanese refugees returned to Darfur prompting the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) to call for integrating Sudanese refugees in Chad within the local community as a result to their refusal to return to Darfur 15-year after the beginning of the conflict.
UN reports say the security situation in Darfur has largely improved but stress that the lack of infrastructures and services prevent the return of refugees and displaced persons to their areas of origin.
Chad hosts over 300,000 Sudanese refugees residing in the eastern region of the neighbouring country not far from the border with Chad.