ID cards bring life-saving benefits for South Sudanese in Sudan

Published: 30/Mar/2015
Source: UNHCR

Teresa Majouk, a 35-year-old South Sudanese refugee, did not appreciate the importance of the ID card she had received from the Sudanese authorities until she went into a difficult labour last month.

It was midnight when Gai Deng first heard the cries of his wife in Mayo, one of around 30 informal settlements across Khartoum State. It has been home for Gai and his family since they fled violence in South Sudan in February 2014.

They had not yet used the identity cards that the government of Sudan, with UNHCR support, began in February to distribute free of charge to an estimated half a million South Sudanese living in Sudan.

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Themes: Acquisition of nationality, State Succession
Regions: East Africa, South Sudan, Sudan
Year: 2015