Medical Coverage Provides a Lifeline for Returning Migrants in the Time of COVID-19

Since the first recorded case of COVID-19 in Sudan on 13 March 2020, 195 people have lost their lives, with more than 4,300 cases recorded. The virus does not discriminate — many migrants, returnees and those forcibly displaced are at heightened risk due to already existing vulnerabilities. Sudan is home to around 1.4 million migrants from the region, many of whom are living in difficult conditions, exacerbated by the spread of the virus. Since 2017, nearly 2,700 Sudanese have been provided with Voluntary Humanitarian Return and Assisted Voluntary Return and…

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Over 100 Arrive In Sudan As Voluntary Humanitarian Return Flights Resume

Over 100 Sudanese migrants have returned on the first Libya-Sudan Voluntary Humanitarian Return (VHR) flight since the onset of COVID-19. The returnees travelled on 12 September in a long-awaited charter arranged by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), in coordination with the Libyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Sudanese embassy in Tripoli. IOM’s VHR programme is a lifeline for stranded migrants, with hundreds stuck in conflict-torn Libya. Worsening the situation were measures put in place globally to fight the COVID-19 pandemic including border closures which disrupted the programme, leading…

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