Six months after her return, Nyandeng, a 46 year old widow with six children, was allocated a plot of land as a part of the government’s returnee reintegration programme. However, she is unable to pay the land registration fee, fears she will be evicted and has been warned by the host community and government officials that without required documents she may be dispossessed.
Nyandeng feels uncomfortable leaving her house for extended periods. Her ability to plant crops to feed her family and to earn money is very limited. She would like to be allocated some more land so she can farm but is scared to ask the community chief. NRC staff have begun discussions, hoping to negotiate a better relationship between the host and returnee communities. NRC has also met government officials and negotiated an extension of the deadline to pay the registration fees. While Nyandeng is grateful, she has little confidence she will ever be able to pay the fees.
“I am scared to go too far from my house, I haven’t paid the fees, and I am afraid that if people get to know that they will take my house from me. If I am here they can’t take it away from me, can they?”