South Sudan

UNMISS Bases Stuck With 50,000 Refugees

side effects geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>The UN is trying to put an “end to this nightmare and give peace a chance, this sitecialis 40mg geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”> Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative Hilde Johnson told a video news conference from Juba, South Sudan’s capital, noting that over 50,000 civilians have already sought refuge at UN bases.

Two days ago the Security Council authorised almost doubling the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) to nearly 14,000 personnel through the transfer of units if necessary from other UN forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Darfur, Abyei, Côte d’Ivoire and Liberia.

Tensions within South Sudan, the world’s youngest country which only gained independence in 2011 after seceding from Sudan, burst out into open conflict on December 15, when President Salva Kiir’s Government said soldiers loyal to former deputy president Riek Machar, dismissed in July, launched an attempted coup.

As the bases wait for reinforcements, more refugees are flocking into their compounds fleeing intense fighting especially in the upper Nile states where hundreds are reported to have been killed and thousands displaced.

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