Humanitarian community very concerned about situation in South Sudan: OCHA

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Civilians fleeing fighting that broke out in recent days and seeking refuge wait outside a compound of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), in Bor.
Credit: UN Photo/Hailemichael Gebrekrstos

In South Sudan, fighting which started in Juba on 15 December has spread to several locations around the country, in particular to Bor in Jonglei State. An estimated 34,000 people displaced by the violence have sought refuge in UN bases in Juba, Bor and Bentiu.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says there is very high concern about this situation among the humanitarian community.

On Thursday, a rapid needs assessment was carried out in 8 locations in and around Juba where people have been affected by the recent fighting.

In Geneva, OCHA Spokesperson Jens Laerke says inter-agency assessment teams visited two UNMISS bases there – the Juba teaching hospital and five neighbourhoods around town.

” The assessment in the neighbourhoods focused primarily on protection and found some areas of Juba deserted but no concentrations of displaced people there. Where IDP's are gathered in bases, the assessment shows a need for planning and management of the sites the have there – emergency latrines, hygiene promotion, water purification, emergency food and primary health services and nutrition screening. Humanitarian partners have begun responding to the most urgent of life-saving needs.

Jens Laerke says as the situation of civilians sheltering in UNMISS bases has become protracted, humanitarians partners are providing technical advice and supplies to help the mission provide life-saving services, including water shelter and emergency health care in line with the UNMISS protection of civilians mandate. There are further assessments planned for Friday.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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