Special Representative calls for restraint in South Sudan

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Johnson listening to an elderly lady in a hospital bed, Walgak Public Clinic hospital

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General to South Sudan, Ms. Hilde F. Johnson, is deeply concerned about recent developments in Jonglei, according to UNMISS, the UN Mission in South Sudan.

"Reccurring spates of violence are extremely serious and can jeopardize everything that has been achieved so far for peace and reconciliation in Jonglei," she warned.

During her visit earlier this week to Walgak, in Akobo County, she met with local authorities, chiefs, community leaders and survivors of the most recent serious attack of 8 February in Wangar, and expressed her condolences to the families of the many civilians who lost their lives.

The majority of the victims were women and children.

She called for restraint and urged communities to refrain from retaliation. If not heeded, the cycle of violence would continue and everyone would lose, their own community included, she said.

Gerry Adams, United Nations.

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