South Sudan humanitarian crisis to be discussed

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A group of displaced women and children from South Sudan. Photo: UNHCR/L.F. Godinho (file)

The humanitarian crisis in South Sudan and protection of civilians are expected to be discussed by the Security Council on Tuesday.

Africa's newest nation has been rocked by instability since last December following an internal power struggle that has escalated into a civil war.

Over two million people remain displaced by the conflict in South Sudan, while more than 2.5 million people face crisis and emergency levels of food security.

Jocelyne Sambira reports.

The town of Bentiu in Unity State is the latest to experience a new influx of people since January this year, according to the UN humanitarian agency OCHA.

Some 525 individuals are arriving every day at the UN protection of civilian site in the area.

The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) will report to the Security Council on its efforts to ensure the safety of civilians staying at their bases.

More than 100,000 internally displaced persons are being hosted by the Mission around the country.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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