The top two United Nations officials headed South Sudan yesterday to meet families displaced by the ongoing violence between pro- and anti-Government forces, as aid agencies aim to reach civilians with urgently needed supplies.
There is continued instability, fighting and mobilization of armed forces in a number of locations, including around Bor in Jonglei State and in areas in Unity and Upper Nile States, the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) confirmed
In the city of Malakal in Upper Nile State, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative, Hilde Johnson, visited the internally displaced persons camp on the UNMISS base. It currently hosts more than 12,000 people, including civilians receiving medical treatment in the UN clinic on the base, a UN spokesperson confirmed.
Meanwhile, the Deputy Special Representative and Humanitarian Coordinator Toby Lanzer, was in Bentiu, Unity State, to assess the humanitarian situation there and the UN response.
There are reports of large movements of civilians in the area, a UN spokesperson told journalists in New York. That movement is raising fears of further fighting in the area, according to media reports.
In the capital, Juba, where the situation continues to be “tense” according to UNMISS, additional United Nations peacekeepers are patrolling the city.
They are also protecting nearly 30,000 civilians at the two UN bases in the city. An additional 32,000 people are seeking refuge at UN compounds in other parts of the country.
Food, healthcare, shelter, water, sanitation and hygiene remain the top priorities for humanitarian response for those displaced.
Mr. Ban and other senior UN officials have repeatedly called for a cessation of violence and a political solution to the conflict, including accountability for grave human rights violations.