Deterioration across "every element" of life in South Sudan

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John Ging. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

Every aspect of life in South Sudan is getting worse according to a senior UN humanitarian official.

The country has endured almost three years of civil war during which thousands have died and almost three million displaced.

Daniel Dickinson has more details.

An estimated 1.73 million people have fled their homes and remain in South Sudan, while another one million have become refugees outside the country.

They've been escaping an ongoing civil conflict between government forces and rebels loyal to the former First Vice President.

Briefing reporters in New York after a four-day visit to the country, John Ging, the Operations Director of the UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA, described a bleak situation.

“In every element of the functioning of the country, you are seeing a deterioration. You are seeing a deterioration in, obviously, the humanitarian situation because this is a consequence of a deterioration in security, the escalation in fighting. Deterioration in the economy, again, of course, linked to deterioration in security. The deterioration in the governance capacity when political decisions are made; they don’t follow through to being implemented.”

Mr Ging also said he believed that South Sudan was now the most dangerous country in the world in which to be a humanitarian worker, more dangerous than even war-torn Syria.

And he appealed once again for restrictions to be lifted on the movements of humanitarians so they could deliver much-needed aid across the country.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

Duration: 1’25″

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