More people enter UN base for protection even as calm returns to Juba

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Toby Lanzer

Up to 20,000 people have so far sought assistance from the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in the capital Juba and these numbers continue to rise.

Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for South Sudan, Toby Lanzer, made the announcement on Thursday, as he toured one of the UN bases hosting the displaced.

Scores of civilians fled to the UN Mission's two camps in the national capital after fighting broke out between members of the national forces, the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA).

Mr. Lanzer, who is also the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in the country, says the situation in Juba is calmer.

“What we’ve seen here over the past couple of days is an intense Political struggle within the Ruling party. It’s generated violence. It’s generated of course consequences for civilians. 20,000 of whom have now sort shelter and protection in one of the two UN bases that we have in town. I’ve just walked through one of these bases. I’ve listened to women and children. To a lot of men who are concerned about their own safety and that’s why they have come to the United Nations and what we as a Peacekeeping Mission and what we as UN team can do for people is first and foremost help them with their protection. Help them to be able to seek refuge in a safe place and in addition to that we will be providing water. We are helping them with some other requirements.”

UNMISS has stepped up its provision of bathing and toilet facilities to respond to the needs of people in the camps.

The mission has treated over 100 wounded people brought to its clinics in Juba and the Jonglei State capital Bor since hostilities started on 15 December.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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