UN humanitarian chief meets displaced people in South Sudan

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UN Emergency Relief and Humanitarian Coordinator Valerie Amos

A group of women in South Sudan has told the UN humanitarian chief that they fear returning home because of insecurity.

Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, arrived in the capital, Juba on Monday.

South Sudan has beset by conflict between government and rebel forces since December last year.

Nearly 76,000 displaced people have sought shelter across the country at eight bases of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

UN Acting Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq spoke about the activities of Ms. Amos.

"She visited displaced families at the UN base in the capital, Juba, and met with the Secretary-General's Special Representative, Hilde Johnson, as well as members of the humanitarian community. At the base, Ms. Amos met a women's group who expressed fears about returning home because of the ongoing insecurity.

Violence in South Sudan, which started over six weeks ago, has left more than half a million people displaced, including over 112,000 people who have fled to neighbouring countries." (24")

On Tuesday Valerie Amos is expected to travel to Upper Nile State where hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced by the conflict in South Sudan.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

Duration: 1'13"

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