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UN withdraws 30 aid workers from war-torn South Sudan

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September 16, 2017 (JUBA) - The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said it has withdrawn 30 humanitarian aid workers from Aburoc area in Upper Nile region following the fighting there.

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Oxfam aid workers in Mingkaman, South Sudan, oversee the distribution of food to displaced people in August 2014. (Photo Pablo Tosco/Oxfam)

David Shearer, the head of UNMISS, said the fighting has put civilians at risk as government troop’s fight to dislodge rebels from Aburoc.

“We are still unclear about exactly what is happening on the ground in terms of whether the fighting is ongoing or likely to carry on,” said Shearer.

“What is important is for both parties to pull back, because there are a number of civilians there [Aburoc] that humanitarian organisations would have been supporting,” he added.

The senior UN official who visited the area said the fighting has displaced several women, children as well as elderly people.

“So, I would like the warring parties to pull back and allow those people to the safe sanctuary that they deserve and they need,” he said.

According to Shearer, about 10,000 people including women and children left Aburoc area located along the Nile River banks. In May, UNMISS forces were temporarily deployed there to help with delivery of humanitarian aid following fighting between warring factions.

Shearer also disclosed that South Sudan’s worsening humanitarian crisis and peace deal revival efforts by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), would be discussed at the ongoing 72nd UN General Assembly in New York.

The meeting, he added, will also highlight the importance of ending impunity for attacks against civilians and humanitarian aid workers.

More than 80 aid workers, the UN said, have been killed in South Sudan ever since conflict broke out in the young nation in 2013.

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  • 17 September 08:56, by Peng Kimang

    It’s really going to be a tragic situation to the people of Aburoc in particular and South Sudan in general. The forthcoming UN general assembly should not only emphasize on the humanitarian situation but also devise ways for everlasting peace in the country.

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  • 18 September 10:41, by lou nuer

    IO should take serious action against Taban and Kiir instead of relying on revitalization of peace by IGAD Countries which their interest is continue of the war in S.Sudan to benefit like what happen now in those East Africa Countries. Fight aggressive with your all strength you people Kiir and Taban has gain moral now if you are not aware while the Government in Juba failled already don’t give up

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