Reuters news agency reports that large Sudanese communities could risk statelessness, as Sudan’s parliament gave initial approval to cancel Sudanese citizenship of anyone taking up South Sudanese nationality. This action puts into legal uncertainty the hundreds of thousands of southerners who have been living in the north for decades.
“We are afraid that many people that had established long-lasting relationships in the north and have very few contacts in the south might fall through the cracks if their nationality is not recognised (by either state),” said the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres, in an interview for AlertNet.
The problem of statelessness can contribute to poverty, family divisions and other social issues. [Reuters]
The drought and famine in Somalia has pushed over 3,700 refugees to Yemen in the month of August, according the U.N. High Commission for Refugees. The journey across the Gulf of Aden is perilous, and two Somalis drowned August 22 when their boat capsized. The spokesman for the UNHCR stated that more Somali refugees are expected to cross to Yemen in the coming months, despite a decline of internal displacements in Somalia. [AFP, UNCHR]