The leader of the Southern Sudan Liberation Movement, Major-General Joseph Lagu, began a four-day tour of Sudanese refugee camps in northern Uganda on Wednesday (May 3).
GV PAN People at Acholi Inn. Gulu
MV Banner across road
SCU General Lagu (left) listening to refugee speaker (2 shots)
SCU Lagu addresses refugees (2 shots)
MV PAN Lagu waves to refugees
MV Man with Onigo School flag at other meeting
GV People gathering
GV PAN Refugees applauding
CU & MV lagu addressing refugees
MV Officials listening
MV Lagu meeting people
LV People in tree
SCU Lagu leaving
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Background: The leader of the Southern Sudan Liberation Movement, Major-General Joseph Lagu, began a four-day tour of Sudanese refugee camps in northern Uganda on Wednesday (May 3).
He told his follow-countrymen that they could return to their homes without fearing for their safety, following the Addis Ababa agreement signed on March 27, which ended 16 years of civil war in Sudan.
He described the war as "a family quarrel" which must be forgotten, and said Sudan's President Jaafar El-Nimeiry was the first northern Sudanese with the foresight to recognise the problem for what it was and so make a peaceful solution possible.
About 80-thousand Sudanese refugees are living in Uganda. Most have been there for upwards of five years. Many are in Untied Nations settlement camps; others have settled in the country like Uganda citizens.
SYNOPSIS: Refugees from Sudan's sixteen-year-long civil war gave a warm welcome to Sudanese Government officials who visited them in Gulu, Uganda, last week....
Major-General Joseph Lagu--on the left--formerly leader of the Southern Sudan Liberation Movement--headed the Government party. He spoke to the refugees about the agreement signed in Addis Ababa in March this year. The treaty gave Southern Sudan a measure of Independence and ended the long-drawn-out civil war...About eighty-thousand of the quarter-of-a-million refugees who fled from the war now live in Uganda....
At Onigo, the visitors received the same warm welcome from another group of South Sudanese refugees. From General Lagu it was the same message; those who wanted to return, now the fighting had stopped, could safely do so, and the Government would help with practical arrangements. With the General were members of the Refugees Repatriation Committee set up by the Sudanese Government. They interviewed refugees wanting to return to Sudan...
Then it was time to meet people and answer questions. The Sudanese Government has already flown a number of refugees home, but resettling all who want to go is expected to take at least two years...