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S. Sudan-based NGOs welcome ceasefire, vow to assist civilians


January 25, 2014 (JUBA) - At least 55 major humanitarian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) operating in South Sudan have welcomed the recent ceasefire between the country’s warring parties, but expressed deep concerns over the current humanitarian situation in the country.

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The entities, in a joint statement, also reaffirmed their commitment to help all civilians in need of assistance following the violence that hit the new nation late last year.

Fighting erupted in the South Sudan capital, Juba on 15 December 2013 and later spread to other parts of the country, leaving over 1,000 people dead and more than half a million homeless, United Nations estimates show.

South Sudan President Salva Kiir blamed his former vice-president Riek Machar for an alleged coup attempt, which saw the arrest and detention of at least 13 senior figures, two of whom have since been released by government.

The 55 NGOs said they were deeply alarmed by the scale of human suffering seen in the country in the past six weeks, and welcomed the recent signing in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia of a cessation of hostilities agreement between the government and opposition forces.

The deal, they argued, could lead to a swift reduction in the suffering of civilians, but called on both parties in the conflict to protect civilians, to refrain from targeting attacks on civilian areas, and to distinguish between civilians and combatants.

The various entities also cited neutrality, impartiality, independence and humanitarian operative as the core principles of their humanitarian operations.

"The humanitarian imperative means that we seek to provide assistance to any civilians who may need it”, said Wendy Taeuber, country director of the International Rescue Committee (IRC).

Collectively, we want to be able to help all people in need, wherever they may be located in South Sudan and regardless of who is controlling that area, she added.

The different NGOs, however, emphasized that in order to be able to provide assistance to those who need it, it is essential that all actors recognise their independence, and ensure respect and protection for their staff, assets, facilities and humanitarian activities.

“We call upon all parties to the conflict to allow unimpeded humanitarian access and to ensure the safety and freedom of movement of our staff,” said Caroline Boyd, Medair’s country director.

Allan Paul, the country director save the children said, “Violence against aid-workers is always unacceptable”.

“And any restrictions on the movements or activities of NGOs simply hinder us from providing vital assistance to those South Sudanese who need it most”, he added.

At least three South Sudanese aid workers were reportedly killed and many more wounded or missing since violence broke out in the country on 15 December.


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  • 26 January 2014 06:22, by Tutbol

    Our people have been subjected to every inhuman able at the so-called humanitarians food givers; and have bended themselves in as ’humanitarians & friends of S Sudanese’ have gone too far, the Europeans & the US must treated like we treated Arabs, we them & Arabs in our country telling us their craps anyway---welcome countries like Australia, N Zealand, Canada, the Nordic nations, Japan, China....

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    • 26 January 2014 06:35, by Tutbol

      the Brits, the US and their juus are pure criminals & evil peoples. I would not want to live next to criminals, we need to keep an eye on these evil humans. My own mum, even worship these evil monsters; but our young people must stand up & face these evil humans--- the Juus are evil peoples, we shouldn’t be worshiping them.

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