For now, the PoC sites remain essential. They provide a sense of security and access to basic services. Any closure of the sites will have to be done in a transparent manner, ensuring that those still seeking refuge within them feel safe enough to return voluntarily. “We are waiting for peace,” says Regina. “We are all praying hard that we can go home. But if we go home, we need to know that we can stay.”
Refugees International Senior Advocate for Human Rights Dan Sullivan travelled to South Sudan in October of 2018 to examine the needs of the country’s internally displaced. A report on the issue is forthcoming.