The Coordinator of the United Nations Humanitarian in South Sudan on February 16 Wednesday, strongly criticized the continuous violence which been going on in the country for a long time and that is affecting the safety of civilians and humanitarian workers and disturbing the delivery of aid and services to thousands of vulnerable people.
Sara Frances Beysolow Nyanti is, an international development expert and Liberian pastor, denounced the killing of a nurse working with an international aid organization which happened on February 10 in Agok town and left numerous civilians injured including aid workers.
As per the reports of the United Nations (UN), nearly 70,000 people were forced to leave their homes and fight for the humanitarian operations, which healthcare services included.
According to Ms Nyanti, on that same day, February 10, an aid worker was also killed by crossfire during fighting in MirMir in Unity State.
The UN Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan on Wednesday strongly condemned the continued violence across the country.
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This fighting has been going on since 2013, and 130 humanitarian workers have been killed while serving for aid and services, and most of them were South Sudan nationals.
UN human rights experts warned in order to increase the political violence and violence and polarization between neighbourhoods across the world’s youngest country.
Due to the high violence, the centre was designed as a safe space for the women and the girls, but they were still reportedly looted. A health facility in the country is temporarily closed, and an access route is serving up to 500,000 people in need in Unity State has been jeopardized.
The same incident happened in the Unity State, just after two days of the incident in Sudan, when a clearly marked humanitarian vehicle came under fire on its way to a health facility, resulting in the grave injury to three health workers.
According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, South Sudan is recently facing the highest level of food insecurity since their independence in 2011, and a cruel civil conflict between rival factions started in 2013.
As per the latest analysis of the IPC, which shows that between April and July 2021, 7.2 million people were estimated to be at the crises phase, among that 2.4 million are at the emergency level of need.
Furthermore, Ms Nyanti stated that these violent acts against the civilians and humanitarians must stop.
“Every day, people in South Sudan are struggling to survive, and violence has no place in a country determined to move forward towards peace.
“Attacks against civilians and humanitarians and their assets, along with the destruction and looting of aid supplies intended for the most vulnerable, are unacceptable. They also severely impact our ability to deliver assistance”, Ms Nyanti continue.