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U.N relief chief warns against continued conflict in S. Sudan

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April 19, 2017 (JUBA) – South Sudan rival parties must silence the guns in order to alleviate the humanitarian suffering crisis in the young nation, the United Nations relief coordinator warned on Wednesday.

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Deputy head of UN mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), Eugene Owusu (YouTube Photo)

Addressing reporters in the capital, Juba, Eugene Owusu, listed several violations against humanitarian work, including the killing of 82 workers over the last three years and impediment to delivery of assistance to the displaced persons as some challenges, alongside the armed conflict in the young nation.

According to Owusu, for U.N humanitarian agencies to assist the 3.5 million people displaced by the conflict that started in 2013, “the guns have to fall silent and the cessation of hostilities must hold.”

“While humanitarians [agencies] will continue to do all that is possible to alleviate suffering, the fact remains that unless the guns fall silent, the humanitarian situation will continue to deteriorate,” he said.

At least 7.5 million of the estimated 12 million South Sudanese will need assistance in 2017, the U.N humanitarian respond plan showed.

The U.N relief chief said the new clashes in different parts of the country including Wau Shilluk in Upper Nile Region, Wau in Western Bahr El Ghazal and Kajo-Keji in Central Equatoria have triggered new waves of thousands of displaced persons and food insecurity.

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“Food insecurity and malnutrition is a serious challenge and have reached unprecedented levels in this country,” said Owusu, adding that “hundreds of thousands of people are facing starvation and a million more are on the brink of famine across the country.”

Famine was declared in Unity State’s Mayendit and Leer countries in February. At least 100,000 people in the home region of Former First Vice President and leader of the armed SPLM in Opposition (IO), Riek Machar, could starve to death due to lack of food. UN agencies said some food was delivered in March to the area.

But in some parts of the country, however, humanitarian workers reportedly had to withdraw due to difficult and dangerous environment and humanitarian workers are “paying with their lives”.

82 aid workers, the U.N said, have been killed since December 2013, including the three humanitarian contractors killed in Wau last week.

“Aid workers are often harassed across the country and humanitarian compounds and supplies have been looted and vandalized, and most recently in Jonglei, in Kajo-Keji, Yei, Wau Shilluk and in Mayendit – all these happened between February and March,” the U.N humanitarian coordinator told reporters in Juba.

The senior U.N official, however, said these challenges were discussed by U.N and government officials to avert future harassment to aid workers, stressing that local governments have not being forthcoming in ending the violence against aid agencies.

Owusu said no amount of humanitarian assistance even if unimpeded access is granted, will end the “long suffering” South Sudanese have endured, without a political solution to the conflict.

“The humanitarian challenges that we are dealing with are the consequences of the failure of politics to reconcile differences and to address grievances. We must fix the politics, all parties must step up efforts towards the political solution to help lessen the humanitarian case-load,” he further observed.

Conflict broke out in December 2013 following months of internal wrangling in the ruling SPLM party over leadership, vision of the party, reforms and democracy. The three-year-old war has killed thousands of people and displaced 1.6 million people as refugees to neighboring countries. Also, an estimated 1.9 million others are internally displaced in the country, with about 200,000 civilians sheltering at the U.N protection of civilians’ sites situated in government-controlled towns.

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  • 19 April 23:30, by Kuch

    What country does this Owusu clown hails from? Nigeria I guess. Didn’t the clown know there a war in his damn Nigeria? Every piece of trash around world has taken our country as a place where they can come and lecture us their bullshits. Since when has our country becomes a UN protectorate?

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      • 19 April 23:39, by Kuch

        have been using their damn UN, humanitarian aid, donation, peacekeeping and their creepy so-called human rights as their Neo-colonialist tools to crawl their evil selves into other people’s countries. Watch this space fellows. The evil white Americans, English people and their evil juus love affair with our country and our people has gone too far and we are going to show the evils how much we>>>

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        • 19 April 23:44, by Kuch

          hate the evils. Who says we want the evil white Americans, English people, their evil juus and some damn NGOs in our country? Fellows, this South Sudan and your usual Middle East, West Africa, Central African countries or South American countries where the evil corporate America, the UK, France and some of their criminals in between often change their elected governments like changing their undies

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          • 19 April 23:54, by Kuch

            What do these really think they are to our country and our people? The evils think, they can be welcomed into our country to come, occupy and be plundered like the evils are currently doing in Libya, Iraq, Ukraine, Syria, Yemen, CAR et al on the guise of their damn UN, humanitarian aid, peacekeeping and their creepy so-called human rights scams>>>

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            • 20 April 00:00, by Kuch

              and the evils think we don’t these dirty intrigues against our country and our people? We have been warning the fools that we are going to bomb their damn UN, UNIMISS, their creepy NGOs and everything that is connected to evil white Americans, English people and their evil juus out of our country with their damn humanitarian aids, peacekeeping and their damn so-called human rights scam.

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              • 20 April 00:09, by Kuch

                The government of South Sudan is fighting an open armed rebellion, but there are some evils in the damn US, the UK, their UN, their sleazy NGOs and some of their criminals in between who have been taking our country as if our country as if our country was a gift from the US, the UK, the UN and their creepy NGOs. Fellows a lot of bloody noses. Here in South Sudan, we are more racists than even>>>

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                • 20 April 00:12, by Kuch

                  the evil white Americans, English people, their evil juus and Arabs. We are going to show the criminals how much we don’t the evils who think, they can stand over our necks. What do these evils really think they really are to our country and our people?

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    • 20 April 04:06, by Force 1

      The UN need to be open-minded to know that; the rebels are part of the hardship in South Sudan in their refusal to accept peace; when they continue to ambush innocent civilians, and killed them on the highways. If not then the UN must be cahoots with the rebels!

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      • 20 April 05:35, by Kuch

        Force1, if you fellows don’t know after this time that the current war in our country is a war sponsored by the UN, the UK, the UN, the NGOs, the CIA, MI6 and some other creepy spies in between against the government of South Sudan, Then you fellows are snoozing. The current in our country is a war over our resources and to counter China. By the US, the UK, their evil juus, France and some of>>>

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        • 20 April 05:41, by Kuch

          their creeps like Japan, Bangladesh, Nepal, India, Pakistan et al. Their so-called UN, humanitarian aid, donations, peacekeeping and their damn so-called human rights are only pretexts and veneers to fool the fools. And indeed, the US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs and some of their creepy criminals in between have found the most foolish in Africa who still worship the evil white people>>>

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          • 20 April 05:47, by Kuch

            and these fools are some of our Nuers, Shilluks, Fertits and some Equatorians. They want to welcome the evil white Americans, English people, their evil juus because the fools think, the white people want to come to our simply because they like the Nuers, Fertits, some Equatorians who want want to destroy their country and be rewarded with free food rations>>>

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            • 20 April 05:52, by Kuch

              Our country is going to be very bad than even Somalia, because we are well armed and we are not going to welcome any evil white American, English people, their evil juus and some of their creeps in between into our country on the pretext of their damn humanitarian aid, donation and their so-called human rights scam>>>

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          • 20 April 05:58, by Kuch

            The US, the UK, France, their evil juus and some of their other creeps in between have destroyed Ukraine, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, CAR and Libya. But their most prized country in Africa with resources to be destroyed and be looted, is our country, South Sudan. But the evils are day dreaming. The current war in our country is a proxy war just like the 1960s Eastern Congo, 1980s Angola>>>

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  • 20 April 04:42, by Naath

    The UN officials must be aware that the man they are supporting (Salva Kiir) is war criminal, rapist, Killer, and tribalist. With the help of UN, Troika, IGAD, and AU Salva Kiir manage to destroy South Sudan. And this situation is what exactly the so call UN want.

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    • 20 April 06:40, by Garang Akeen Tong

      @Naath, your dr. Riak should denounce violence for seek of peace, we are here yearning for peace not war, these are result of Riak machar.

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      • 20 April 07:15, by Masiah

        Garang Akeen Tong

        are you behind the scene, Dinka starting kill them, without
        fighting Dinka Government, they already fighting themselves and famine and also fighting economy as well.

        so why people bother Government is using Riak name as tool to cover mass killing and famine.

        Things are falling out of controlling with clear evidence

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        • 20 April 07:48, by Kuch

          Mr. Garang Akeen Tong, no one is a messiah brother. We are just bunch of idiots who want to let what the so-called cloned arabs of North Sudan told us that "South Sudanese cannot rule themselves" The so-called cloned arabs of North Sudan have an alliance these days with Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE, the UK, israel, Al Qada, ISIS/L, Boko Haram, Al Nustra, the US, France and to some extend>>>

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          • 20 April 07:54, by Kuch

            brother, our Riek Machar so-called SPLA-IO and their UN, their sleazy NGOs and some of their creepy criminals in between. These evils think that they chess game play our country like their then West and East Germany during their cold war and they think. That our country can be re-united with the so-called cloned arabs of North Sudan>>>>

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            • 20 April 08:01, by Kuch

              and that is why the US, the UK, the UN, their creepy NGOs and some of their criminals in between often lie through their evil teeth that our people running to Eastern Darfur, Southern Darfur, Nile state, CAR, Congo, ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda>>> Well, there are some fools from Wau Acholdit and Raja who have ran back to North Sudan>>>

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              • 20 April 08:09, by Kuch

                even some shilluks of Lam Akol, Riek Machar and Mr. Johnson Oliny are there in white Nile state and our Panthou/Heglig. The reason the fools from Equatoria ran to Uganda after their damn MTN attacked on the innocents Dinkas/Jiengs was because they were fooled by the evil corporate America, the UK, their UN, their creepy NGOs and some of their creeps in between to kill the Dinkas/Jiengs and run>>>

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                • 20 April 08:14, by Kuch

                  to Uganda and they may be resettled in the US, the UK or Europe. Mr. Garang Akeen Tong, this dirty game has been by Riek Machar, Alfred Lado Gore, Lam Akol in 1990s when they almost destroyed the SPLA. The Nuers and some EquatorianS then when and lie through their dirty teeth that they were being killed by the SPLA soldiers and they doing the same game again>>>

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                  • 20 April 08:19, by Kuch

                    Mr. Garang Akeen Tong, we keep telling our government to let us bomb the damn UN, UNIMISS and everything that is connected to evil white Americans, English people, their evil juus, their damn cloned arabs of North Sudan out of our country. They evils have taken our country and our people’s hostage as their bargaining chips and blackmails>>>

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                    • 20 April 08:21, by Kuch

                      sharpen your spears fellows, we are going to bomb the damn UN and its criminals out of our country.

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                      • 20 April 09:23, by General

                        Mr chief, your warning always gone with the wind but without concentration you might be involve and the most victim will be citizens

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                        • 20 April 10:57, by Kuch

                          fools who cares about your evil citizens. Fellows, we are going to bomb your damn UN, UNIMISS and everything that is connected to your evil white Americans, English people, their evil juus, their sleazy NGOs with their creepy criminals in between out of our country. Who says we want the evil white Americans, English people and their evil juus in our country?>>>

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                        • 20 April 11:19, by Kuch

                          Mr. General, what community (ies) in South Sudan would want to welcome the evil white Americans, English people, their evil juus, their UN, their creepy NGOs and some of their criminals in between in our country? We will want to know these communities and where they want to live in our country>>>

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                          • 20 April 11:23, by Kuch

                            Fellows, we are here fellows. There is no way under the sun, we are going to welcome the evil white Americans, English people, their evil juus, their so—called cloned arabs of North Sudan, NGOs and some of their creeps in between>>> Fellows, South Sudan is a Dinka/Jieng of the Sudan country. North Sudan is our country>>>

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                            • 20 April 11:29, by Kuch

                              We have been asking some fools in our government to let us bomb the damn, UN, UNIMISS, the evil white Americans, English people, their evil juus, their so-called cloned arabs of North Sudan, their sleazy NGOs and some of their criminals in between out of our country. But there have been some fools who are in bed with pure enemies>>>

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                              • 20 April 11:35, by Kuch

                                We are considered uncircumcised, but the Ugandans, Rwandans, Nigerians, Kenyans, our so-called cloned arabs of North Sudan are called circumcised; and thus, they the being used by our enemies as their fools to come and rule us through their damn UN, UNIMISS, humanitarian aids, donations, peacekeeping, donations and their so-called human rights business bullshits>>>

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                                • 20 April 11:41, by Kuch

                                  fFellows, there is going to be fireworks in our East Africa. We our country is not Eastern Congo, where the low lives like the Rwandans often poke their noses into for loots. This is South Sudan. We have been fighting every piece of evil on earth. But there are still some evils who think, they can bully their evils selves into our country>>>

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                                  • 20 April 12:01, by Kuch

                                    through their damn so-called UN peacekeeping forces. Rwanda must be very careful. We are going to bomb the criminals back to Rwanda out of our country. Rwanda is not a part of the then so-called IGAD-PLUS of which the evils from the US, the UK ,and Norway selected themselves uninvited, welcomed themselves, came and dictated their then so-called CPA II>>>

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                                    • 20 April 14:13, by Kuch

                                      There were some criminals used by our enemies, Algeria, Nigeria, Chad, Djibouti, our arch enemy, the North Sudan foreign minister, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Tanzania and even Some our Bantus evils in South Africa even wanted to be toyed around buy our enemies>>>

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                                    • 20 April 14:23, by Kuch

                                      There were some criminals used by our enemies, Algeria, Nigeria, Chad, Djibouti, our arch enemy, the North Sudan foreign minister, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Tanzania and even Some our Bantus evils in South Africa even wanted to be toyed around buy our enemies>>>

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                    • 20 April 23:35, by Garang Akeen Tong

                      Sir Kuc, here we go victory is centain.

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        • 20 April 23:45, by Garang Akeen Tong

          @Masiah, have this in your mind, gov,t is to belong people and people belong to gov,t right, hw came gov,t can kill his own people. These are baseless and unfouned acussisation.

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  • 20 April 08:09, by Kush Natives

    Eugene Owusu,
    U.N. security council isn’t after their mandate, instead this organization tried to stick their noses into South Sudan government affairs. U.N. was the one triggered this senseless violence against South Sudanese politicians in the first place. U.N. was running untold story between South Sudanese politicians. They looted all wealthier countries around the global.

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    • 20 April 14:00, by Kuch

      Fellows, we are going to bomb *the mighty US, the Island of Gangland; London, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE, israel, Turkey, Smith Korea, to some extend; Morocco (We are going to bomb the fools though) et al. War is here fellows>>>

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  • 20 April 11:58, by Adok son

    Very interested to take heed and observe your reports here,but you (Owusu) go and tell the world again that Salva Kiir of SS doesn’t like to implement the CPA2 because he got his help from Ugandan president Kagute M7 and M23 of DR Congo plus Sudanese Rebels and also the previous administration of Barack Hussain Obama which influenced the IGAD to silent Dr Riek Machar on SS policies for>>>

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    • 20 April 13:48, by Kuch

      Miith Ke Bhar El Gazelles, we are back. ’Koc Bor a aben;’ Wau Acholdit. We don’t want the evil *white Americans, English people, their evil juus, their LRA criminals, their UN, their sleazy NGOs. War is here fellows*, English people, Nigerians? We are here fellows, game is over who says, that we want the Indians, Pakistanis, Nepalese, Bangladeshis, the evil juus, Bantus>>>

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  • 20 April 12:22, by Adok son

    ..their interest not the stake of the SS people, but Salva doesn’t know how to identify what the invaders applied against his own people, instead, he preferred to kill the same civilians who have elected him to the chair of presidency.
    Know that yaa Salva,your enemies are not SS tribes but European and American who needs to collect our resources.

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  • 20 April 12:41, by Adok son

    Advice to Kuch or Kush..
    You are a commentators who doesn’t know how to convince people here on Sudan tribune, why are u always repeating this habit of support to Salva Kiir while we all know that he(Kiir) is incompetent, or it is because he is a Dinka?
    I’m really tired of your abusive language on Dr Riek whom we all know that he had brought to us our independent despite of the leadership which>>

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  • 20 April 13:06, by Adok son

    ..had been led by Garang and Kiir Kuethpiny,however, our aim was "SS must be freed and enjoyed stability in their own country" exactly, that was the calling of Dr Riek and we succeeded on it,why don’t we give power to the ones who calls for SS independent instead of detest him always?

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    • 20 April 18:15, by anyanya1

      Brother Adok, dinka leaders are the real problem to our country cause they can control this country for ever with their mentality of born to rule now they know they are going to loose that’s why they want to turn their desperation to other, without admitting their mess they created, all this suffering will go to their account for ever. Other tribes will not forgive them.

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    • 20 April 23:28, by Garang Akeen Tong

      @Adok son, Equatoria0, I hate yours tribalistic comments, your pulse cliams are miss-place here, (1) where will you get leader with no tribe? (2) when did Dr. Killer paticipate in strucgle since he merged with khartuom to jeopardise the strucgle, 1991 and 2013 are Riak Machar record.

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