Slideshow - Slow returns to Abyei

  • Only a fraction of those who fled have since returned home.

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  • Many returning residents are squatting in abandoned buildings after their homes were razed during the violence

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  • Business is slow, and many children remain out of school

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  • Most returnees have settled in Agok, where life is slowly returning to normal

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  • Many are starting over from scratch

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  • There are fears that cattle-keeping communities could clash over scarce resources in early 2013

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  • And after an uneasy return, many are wary of rebuilding

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  • The United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei is helping to keep the peace

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Slow returns to Abyei

JANUARY 2013 - Following an invasion by Sudanese troops in May 2011, 120,000 people fled the Abyei Area, which lies between Sudan and South Sudan. Today, returnees are trickling in amid fears of repeat military action and uncertainty over the area’s political future.
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