Humanitarian agencies concerned about impact of violence on civilians in Jonglei stateListen /
The UN humanitarian community has expressed concern about the safety and protection of civilians who are affected by violence between government armed forces and non-state armed groups in Jonglei state, South Sudan.
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs –OCHA, says its humanitarian partners report that recent violence has resulted in scores of injured in Jonglei and that a still unconfirmed number of civilians from the town of Pibor have gone into the bush along the Keng Keng River and other rivers to seek safety. Others have reportedly sought refuge around the UN mission there.
OCHA says the presence of various armed groups in the area has raised concerns of a possible military offensive.
As a result, humanitarian organisations are stepping up preparedness plans and pre-positioning supplies in Boma and Pibor.
At the same time, the UN agency emphasizes that all parties involved in the hostilities must respect international humanitarian law.
Donn Bobb, United Nations