A fifth IOM chartered flight is scheduled to land later today in Padak, South Bor, Upper Nile State with 47 returnees. Prior to their departure, the refugees who stayed at a Lutheran World Federation (LWF) departure centre underwent a full medical examination carried out by the International Rescue Committee (IRC). IOM medical staff will accompany the returnees to Bor, where they will be handed over to the UNHCR.
Upon arrival, the returnees will overnight at a way station before receiving non-food items from UNHCR, food rations from WFP and seeds and tools from FAO. In Malakal, onward transportation is being provided by Adventist Development and Reconstruction Agency (ADRA) and by UNHCR in South Bor.
To date, IOM has repatriated a total of 174 refugees from Kakuma to Bor and Malakal and expects to reach 500 by the end of May. The repatriation is a collaborative effort between IOM and UNHCR and is co-funded by both agencies.
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