Thousands remain in UN bases as fighting continues in South Sudan

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Civilians seeking refuge wait outside a compound of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), in Bor. Credit: UN Photo/Hailemichael Gebrekrstos

60,000 displaced people in South Sudan are sheltering in United Nations bases as fighting continues between government and rebel forces.

UN Humanitarian Coordinator, Toby Lanzer, says the UN is doing everything it can to ensure that people get the assistance they need.

Mr. Lanzer says he is concerned that more people are being displaced and is appealing to the warring parties to stop fighting.

"Well at the moment we have some 60,000 people who are inside UN bases inside Sudan and that is a mere fraction of the total number of people who have been displaced. Yesterday we were talking about 200,000 people who have displaced in South Sudan but I am now in Bentiu, which is the capital of Unity State and I can assure you that there have been many tens of thousands who have been displaced here in the past 24 hours." (26")

Toby Lanzer says the people of South Sudan are hoping that talks underway in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, can lead to an end to the fighting.

Representatives of the government of President Salva Kiir and former Vice President Riek Machar are negotiating an end to the conflict in the recently independent African nation.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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