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Sudan's churches say resources needed to resettle refugees after Jan. 9 peace agreement

 

(RNS) - Sudanese church leaders have said they are ready to receive millions of refugees who will return home now that a final peace agreement has been signed between the government in Khartoum and southern Sudanese rebels.

But they said massive amounts of resources will be needed to resettle all the returnees.

Meanwhile, the World Food Program of the United Nations launched a $302 million emergency appeal to feed 3.2 million Sudanese.

According to the WFP, some 268,000 metric tons of food will be required for people affected by war and drought, primarily in south Sudan.

The United States has said it will increase its aid to Sudan to $200 million. The European Union has pledged $526 million and Britain said it will give $94 million.