Juba, 28th April 2018. The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) says it is deeply concerned at the intensification of fighting in former Unity, Jonglei and Central Equatoria states.
In a press released this afternoon, UNMISS says the clashes is having a devastating impact on thousands of civilians and on humanitarian agencies trying to provide desperately needed assistance to vulnerable people.
Head of UNMISS, David Shearer says UNMISS team in Leer reported incidents of killing, sexual violence, homes being burnt to the ground, cattle raiding, and the looting of hospitals and schools.
There has been gunfire overnight near UNMISS’ temporary operating base at Leer and Ghanaian peacekeepers are on high alert to protect an influx of 600 internally displaced people who have sought sanctuary from the violence in recent days.
More than 30 humanitarian workers have been relocated over the past two weeks because it is too dangerous for them to operate in the midst of the escalating conflict. Thousands of people have fled into swamp and bush areas without access to much-needed aid, including food, clean water and medical care.
He says Political leaders must demonstrate they are willing to compromise and resolve this conflict which is causing terrible harm to their people”