More UN bases open in South Sudan for displaced persons

Derk Segaar (left), UN Resident Coordinator Office for Recovery, Reintegration and Peacebuilding (RCO-RRP), with Mr. Ladsous, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations. UN Photo/Staton Winter

A number of new protection sites have been built in the towns of Juba, Malakal and Bor in South Sudan for civilians uprooted by conflict.

That's according to Derk Segaar, the Resident Coordinator for the UN Relief, Reintegration and Protection (RRP) programme.

Since December 2013 South Sudan's government has been at war with forces loyal to former Vice President Riek Machar who was sacked by President Salvar Kiir in July that year.

When the crisis broke out, many people fled to the UN for protection.

Mr Segaar recalled that many of the sites were unplanned and only for short term.

“Still in our view it is a temporary solution that we hope to reverse when stability returns so that people can go home. It was also very much a measure of last resort that I don’t think it is a good situation for anybody to be confined in these small spaces for a prolonged period of time.”  (18″)

The site in Bentiu, which hosts 50,000 displaced persons, is flooded because of the heavy rains and living conditions there are very bad.

Mr Segaar said the UN would continue to work with its humanitarian partners to drain the water with the use of pumps and excavators.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

Duration:  1’14″


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