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South Sudan returnees Bentiu_12.NEF
South Sudanese returnees seek temporary refuge in a primary school in Bentiu, Unity state, on their way back to their tribal lands. They had travelled for days, across the border from north Sudan, ahead of the separation of north and south Sudan on 9 July 2011. Due to heavy rains and local fighting, they had already waited for more than three weeks for onward transport to Mayom county. When I met them, food supplies provided by the World Food Programme had run out. The next day, WFP aid workers were attacked by returnees desperate for food. Just a few yards away within sight of the school was a WFP food depot with grain for delivery to the returnees' destination, but in an effort to encourage the flow of returnees, WFP policy dictated that food supplies were initially provided for only a few days.