Situation in Southern Sudan dire: UN

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Gérard Araud

The situation in Southern Sudan is dire, according to the President of the UN Security Council Ambassador Gérard Araud of France.

He told reporters Monday that the Security Council was briefed Monday by the head of the UN mission in the country (UNMISS) and there's still a lot of fighting going on around Bor, the city of Malakal and in Bentiu.

“There are 70,000 idps on 13 bases of the UNMISS and in all the country, there should be 180,000 idps. The situation of human rights is also pretty worrying. There are reports of torturing, killing disappearances and on ethnically targeted violence, so the human rights sector or component of the mission has been upgraded.”

A UN Spokesperson later told reporters that the UN Mission, UNMISS, conducted aerial reconnaissance on Sunday and reported that it has identified some armed groups north-east of Bor. It cannot however independently confirm the size or precise location of these groupings.

Meanwhile, aid agencies have reached an estimated 106,000 displaced people so far with assistance including food, water and sanitation and health care, both inside and outside the UN peacekeeping bases.

They have delivered high-energy biscuits to children and are working on establishing malnutrition screening and treatment centres in Juba. Thousands of children under 15-years of age will receive measles and polio vaccines at the peacekeeping base in Tomping, Juba.

Aid organizations have appealed for a total of $209 million to provide immediate assistance to families affected by the current crisis over the next three months. They have received $43 million of the funding so far and still require $166 million.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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