Warning that protection of South Sudan's one million internally displaced is erodingListen /
The protection of one million internally displaced persons, or IDPs, in South Sudan is further eroding amid persistent violence and deliberate ethnically targeted attacks, according to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons, Chaloka Beyani.
Hundreds of people were left dead and many more were wounded during last week's massacre in a mosque, ethnically targeted killings in a hospital in Bentiu and the attack against the protected site of the UN Mission in South Sudan in Bor.
Mr. Beyani says that 'The safety and security of displaced populations must be the absolute priority for the United Nations to safeguard.'
Since the outbreak of the armed conflict in December 2013, almost one million South Sudanese have become internally displaced. About 80,000 IDPs have sought shelter in protected areas of sites of the UN Mission in South Sudan, while the majority of IDPs have fled elsewhere.
Mr. Beyani has called 'on all parties to the conflict to abstain from all violence against internally displaced persons and other civilians, on all communities to desist from hate speech and use of force against each other, and on the international community to halt the erosion of protection in South Sudan.'
Nicki Chadwick, UN Radio, Geneva.