Violence in South Sudan worries UN humanitarian Chief

Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - A Senior UN official visiting south Sudan has expressed concern at the scope and magnitude of violence that have taken place in Jonglei.

“I am concerned about the scope and magnitude of the violence communities have inflicted on each other in Jonglei, as well as about the conflict between rebel militias and the army that has killed, wounded and displaced so many,” the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator (ERC), Valerie Amos, said on the first day her three-day mission.

“Diversity in South Sudan should be a source of both communal and national pride. I hope that everyone in South Sudan will embrace their identity as South Sudanese, and achieve long term reconciliation and peace,” she said.  

“South Sudan faces significant challenges, including hundreds of thousands of people displaced in 2011, people returning from Sudan and refugees from the ongoing conflict in Southern Kordufan and Blue Nile states in Sudan. In addition, conflict, poverty, and increasing food insecurity are having a major humanitarian impact.  The people of South Sudan need our support.”

Amos met with representatives of aid agencies in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, to discuss the multiple humanitarian challenges facing the world’s youngest nation.

Aid agencies also briefed the ERC on their efforts to provide humanitarian aid in Jonglei State, the scene of recent inter-communal clashes.  

Coming six months after South Sudan gained independence; Amos will view the humanitarian situation on the ground for herself, and draw international attention to the continuing challenges.

In South Sudan, a relatively small number of aid organizations are dealing with approximately 30 simultaneous emergency operations in a vast, remote and insecure country.
This brings tremendous logistical challenges.

On 2 February, the ERC will travel to Jonglei State, where she will see the aid operation first hand and meet representatives of the Government and aid agencies, as well as those affected by the clashes.

On 3 February, Ms. Amos is scheduled to meet Mr. Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of South Sudan, Mr. Joseph Lual Acuil, Minister for Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Mr. Duer Tut Duer, Chairperson of the South Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Commission, and members of the diplomatic community.
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01 february 2012 17:30:43

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