Situation deteriorates in Bor, capital of South Sudan's Jonglei state

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UN base in Bor

The worsening security situation in the South Sudanese state of Jonglei has caused tens of thousands of Sudanese civilians to seek refuge in the UN base in Bor, the regional capital.

According to Major Kevin Finlay Walls, Military Staff Officer for the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), there has been a considerable amount of tension in Bor since Saturday, forcing people to flee their towns and villages.

Houses have been burned and stores have been looted, he says.

“So we’ve got a considerable number of people we are mandated to protect and we are doing that to the best of our ability at the moment. Bor is a strategic location within South Sudan and therefore within this crisis both factions and the government forces are using it as a point that they want to dominate. So we see it not improving certainly over the next 24 hours but our forces remain in place. They remain ready to do what they have to do and primarily what they have to do is look after those civilians that are in the compound adjacent to ours.”

Bor is currently under control of the anti-government forces, Major Walls confirms, but the regular army is trying to regain control.

Meanwhile, UNMISS staff are doing their best to handle the huge influx of people into the camp by providing water, medical care and other basic assistance.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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