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Returning home

Refugees and repatriation trucks
© Handicap International

The civil war that ravaged Sudan for 20 years claimed two million lives, displaced four million people, and forced 600,000 refugees to flee to Uganda, Kenya, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Handicap International is currently working in southern Sudan to help these refugees return home. You can learn more about the organisation's programme below.

The conflict between the north and south of Sudan broken out in 1955. It continued for almost 49 years, with 11 years of relative peace. During the last 20 years, the government was fighting the main rebel movement in the south. The conflict centred on the role of religion in the state, the management of the country's resources, the balance of power and the right to self-determination. On 9 January 2005, after numerous attempts to settle the dispute by neighbouring states, a comprehensive peace agreement was reached between the government and the rebel army in Kenya, providing for the partial independence of the south and a fairer distribution of the country's resources. Almost two million people were killed in this conflict, four million were displaced, and more than 600,000 fled the country and took refuge in Uganda, Kenya, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Away from home for over 15 years
Sudan's infrastructure is in an advanced state of decay and many regions have been severely weakened. This poses a major problem given the massive influx of people expected by the international community. Against this background, Handicap International's initial priority has been to set up support operations and to help repatriate refugees and displaced populations to their areas of origin.
The organisation set up a transit centre in Bor, before beginning the work of helping refugees return to their villages at the end of 2006. Handicap International provides these populations with accommodation on arrival in the country and manages the logistics of reuniting them with family and friends, many of whom they haven't seen since they left home, often 15 to 20 years ago.

Live link to programme

Water treatment center
© A.Rogez / Handicap International
September 22 2011.
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Flooding: providing urgent access to drinking water

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Populations déplacées en Côte d'Ivoire
© Reuters/Luc Gnago, courtesy Trust.org – AlertNet
March 22 2011. News focus
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L'association se mobilise auprès des populations déplacées

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February 21 2011. Testimony
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« Une chaine de construction pour répondre aux besoins »

David Sacca a passé près d’un an en Haïti, suite au tremblement de terre du 12 janvier 2010, sur le projet d’abris transitoires. read

February 21 2011. Testimony
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A production chain to meet needs in the field

David Sacca spent nearly a year in Haiti, following the earthquake of 12 January 2010, working on the transitional shelters project. read

February 21 2011. Testimony
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A production chain to meet needs in the field

David Sacca spent nearly a year in Haiti, following the earthquake of 12 January 2010, working on the transitional shelters project. read

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