South Sudan urged to act quickly to avert large-scale violence in Jonglei

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Aleem Siddique

The United Nations has urged South Sudan to protect civilians in Jonglei state after reports emerged that thousands of armed youth were preparing to attack a rival community.

Over the weekend, air patrols of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) identified thousands of armed Lou Nuer youth preparing to attack Murle communities near Likuangole in Jonglei state.

Aleem Siddique, UNMISS Spokesperson, said the Government must take every measure necessary to protect civilians.

"We are reinforcing our presence of peace keepers on the ground, we are increasing the number of air patrols that we are conducting across Jonglei State and some of the key areas in Jonglei State so that we can deter some of these potential violence"

Over the past months UNMISS has consistently called for an end to ethnic violence in the region, and has deployed resources to prevent and mitigate conflict in the Lou Nuer, Murle and Dinka communities.

The Mission has also facilitated a reconciliation process between various communities, particularly the inclusive peace process led by the Sudan Council of Churches.

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