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South Sudan government accuses rebels of hampering humanitarian access

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Non-food items distributing to IDPS by the UNHCR workers in Maridi on 4 March 2016 (ST Photo)
June 8, 2018 ( JUBA) - Armed groups are to blame for the obstruction of humanitarian access to civilians in the rebel-held areas, said the South Sudanese presidential spokesperson on Friday.

Ateny Wek Ateny told reporters that aid workers have free access to civilians in the government-controlled areas following directives by President Salva Kiir, but pointed an accusing finger to the rebel fighters.

"The President already issued an order to government officials ensuring unlimited access to humanitarians. There are now few roadblocks in government territories but instead, the rebels are to blame for obstructing humanitarian workers," said Ateny.

"The rebels should give humanitarian access in their areas instead of humanitarian workers talking about the government not granting relief access," he further stressed.

During a visit to the Unity region earlier this week, Jan Egeland, Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), warned that more civilians are at risk as a result of lack of access and attacks on aid workers due to the upsurge in fighting in South Sudan.

“From what I’ve witnessed and what displaced people tell me, a worst-case nightmare scenario is already on our doorstep. Widows tell me how their villages were burned to the ground, their husbands killed, and they are left with children they cannot feed nor protect,” said Egeland from Unity.

In February UN agencies estimated that unless aid and access were maintained, a record 7.1 million South Sudanese would face ‘crisis’ or worse ‘acute’ food insecurity between May and July. This is equivalent to two out of every three people.

(ST)

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  • 9 June 08:27, by Eastern

    On the contrary, it is the regime security apparatus at Juba Airport frustrating movement by relief staff to SPLA-IO controlled areas. The UN OCHA in Juba knows this very well but they are just operating in denial!

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    • 9 June 11:49, by South South

      Eastern,

      Please stop telling us lies. UN headquarters is in Juba airport, do you know that an old man?

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      • 9 June 16:06, by Eastern

        South South,

        I told eon ago to stop embarrassing yourself on this forum. Now look at your ignorance! Which UN Headquarters is at the airport? Do you really know the meaning of what you have written? Now wonder the regime in Juba has turned the country into a laughing stock by filling its ranks files with Dinka people of your intellect! I badly miss my monkey stew!

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        • 9 June 16:17, by South South

          Eastern,

          Stop your stupidity and see things with your own eyes. UN is inside Juba airport. I met the head of UN in South Sudan inside there. Dinkas are pain in your neck, nothing you can do about it. Do you really believe people like you can replace Dinkas in South Sudan?

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          • 9 June 19:05, by Eastern

            So the head of UN in South Sudan whom you met at the airport is UN Headquarters? My ribs are scattering because of suppressed laughter! You lord of anger, Michael Makuei last time swore not to hand over the airport to the UN, what’s changed now Mr. Confused man? Another bowl of monkey stew please!

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        • 9 June 17:00, by Kuch

          Mr. Eastern,
          "I told eon ago to stop embarrassing yourself on this forum. Now look at your ignorance! Which UN Headquarters is at the airport" Your Riek Machar army has been utterly crushed chap, bring your another North Sudan mercenary & we are going to come bomb then again>>>

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  • 9 June 17:04, by lino

    Ya Ateny!!! President can issue directives but who is going to implement it on the ground?! It you read reports very well, they are not saying President is accused of hampering humanitarian access rather than Government Office! Did you understand the different?!

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