Camp to be created for displaced in Juba

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Civilians seeking refuge at the UNMISS Tomping compound in Juba, the capital of South Sudan. Photo: UMISS/Shantal Persaud

A new camp is being created by the United Nations in Juba, to accommodate the 30,000 displaced people seeking shelter in two mission locations in the South Sudanese capital.

The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) continues to protect nearly 60,000 civilians at ten bases across the country.

The Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, Martin Nesirky, says there are many more people sheltering in other locations.

"The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says that some 355,000 people are now internally displaced in South Sudan, nearly half of whom have been reached with aid. The Office also reports that more than 42,000 people have sought refuge in neighbouring countries. Humanitarian agencies are extremely concerned about reports of violence against civilians and aid workers, and the looting of humanitarian compounds and commandeering of vehicles."

Meanwhile, the security situation in troubled Bentiu town in Unity State is reported to be relatively calm.

Nearly 9,000 civilians are being protected by 570 United Nations peacekeepers at the UN's base there.

Over the weekend, a Mission patrol to Bentiu and Rubkona reported seeing the looting and burning of houses by civilians and people dressed in military uniform.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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