UN calls for end to restriction on humanitarian agencies in war-torn South

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November 30, 2016 (JUBA) United Nations Official for Coordination of
Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) said aid workers increasingly face
"bureaucratic impediments", and called on South Sudanese authorities to
ensure unfettered access to the needy in the affected areas.

The conflict in South Sudan has triggered a humanitarian crisis with 2.3
million people forced from their homes and 4.6 million in need of emergency
food (AFP Photo/Tony Karumba)

Eugene Owusu, the Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan and deputy head
of UN mission in the country, said agencies registered more than cases of
blockage to aid work in November.

"They (humanitarian organizations) continue to face obstacles and
challenges which hamper their efforts. This must stop," said Owusu in a
statement extended to Sudan Tribune on Wednesday.

Such impediments and other bureaucratic constraints, negatively efforts to
reach people in need.Of 91 cases registered between November 1 to November
28, sixty eight were involved violence against humanitarian
personnel/assets, while eighteen involved interference in humanitarian
action, including interference in administrative matters, illegal or
arbitrary taxation expulsion of staff.

Humanitarian workers were also denied access to areas outside of Yei, a
town witnessing some violence since July, in Central Equatoria and Wau town
in Western Bahr El Ghazal, where tens of thousands of people are in need of
assistance and protection.

Owusu said steps such President Salva Kiir’s establishment of Humanitarian
High-Level Oversight Committee are "appreciative" but more should be done.

“These recent events are a major concern and it is vital that we see the
commitments made in high-level fora fully translate into real, tangible and
immediate improvements in the operating environment for aid workers on the
frontlines of humanitarian action," he said.

Humanitarian needs in South Sudan continue to rise as a result of conflict
and economic decline, OCHA said. There are three million people displaced
since fighting broke out in December 2013, including 1.9 million who are
internally displaced and more than 1.1 million who have fled to
neighbouring countries as refugees.

OCHA said it has reached some 4.1 million people in 2016 through various
humanitarian organizations with assistance and protection across the
country, including in some of the most remote areas.

Owusu said the government and opposition should also play their role in
washing access to needy people.“I call on all parties to allow free, safe
and unhindered humanitarian access so that our colleagues can reach and
assist people whose lives have been torn apart by this crisis. Regardless
of where they are in the country, civilians in need have a right to receive
help," he added.


UN calls for end to restriction on humanitarian agencies in war-torn South

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30 NOVEMBER 22:28, BY Naath

UN, as long as you partner with Kiir in crimes making against all South
Sudanese tribes by covering up and conceal Juba’s genocide of 2013, your
work will never be smooth in South Sudan.


30 NOVEMBER 23:36, BY Augustino

Come on now and show us the evidence of genocide you are talking about.
Stop talking nonsense in hiding.


1 DECEMBER 06:31, BY Mr Point

This UN report shows Kiir’s government planned the July 2016 violence In
Juba to try to murder Macharhttp:// African Union report shows
Kiir’s government planned the 2013 massacre of Nuer civilians in


1 DECEMBER 06:14, BY Gatluak jal

Naath, Augustino, both of you are other side of the coined. what I would
like to hear from those of you guy is forgiveness. if we are not doing
that, than our country will not have a better future for next generation to
come. I believe that nobody denying the killing that took place in three
states, which is Juba, Malakal, and united state.let us hope for the best
of our country we all love.


1 DECEMBER 06:56, BY S. Sudan Nationalist

Gatluak Jal,Thank you very much for your comments. I concur with you that
it is time for us to express neutral view points necessary for
reconciliation to take place. This country is not own by few of us but by
all of us. Bravo for these comments.


1 DECEMBER 06:53, BY S. Sudan Nationalist

This shows mistrust between the government and the UN and other agencies.
UN and government should build trust to help the people of South Sudan to
overcome the current emergency situation in the country. We also as
individuals and groups need to encourage this cooperation among us to
support this humanitarian work. This is by creating a conducive atmosphere
for their operation.


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