Statement attributable to the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan, Ms. Lise Grande

By: Ahmed Alhaj (Site Admin)


 


 


Khartoum, (sudanow.info.sd) - A high-level humanitarian delegation, led by the Government of South Sudan, arrived in Pibor town on Tuesday to assess the conditions of civilians affected by recent inter-communal violence in Jonglei State in South Sudan, a press release by the UN Humanitarian coordinator said on Wednesday.


 


The statement said retaliatory attacks by the Lou Nuer escalated sharply in late December in Pibor County, causing tens of thousands of people to flee their homes and resulting in destruction to property and livelihoods. The number of people killed remains unconfirmed. Humanitarian operations have also been put at risk by persistent insecurity in the area.


 


The statement said in Pibor, the assessment team touched down just hours after the column of armed Lou Nuer attackers left the area. Initial food assistance to 45 orphaned children in the town began shortly after.


 


“Reaching out to this vulnerable group of children is an important step. But it's only the start. A massive emergency operation is going to be needed in the weeks ahead to help people uprooted by the violence,” said the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan Ms. Lise Grande. “Hundreds of people are returning to the town from the bush. They are highly vulnerable and they need help. ”


 


It explained that one of the conflict-affected areas, the village of Likuangole, was entirely razed in an attack on 26 December. "Houses have been burnt to the ground and an NGO clinic providing vital medical assistance to local communities was looted and destroyed."

 


The statement said Ms. Grande also expressed serious concern about the situation in nearby Walgak, in Jonglei’s Akobo County. Since 28 December, communities in the area have suffered a string of inter-communal attacks that together have left at least 10 dead, 25 women and children missing and an estimated 8,000 people displaced, according to an assessment by humanitarian partners today.


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