South Sudan

UN CHIEF: South Sudan Leaders Should End Senseless War

Youthful supporters of presidential hopeful Amama Mbabazi have Monday morning forced their entry into the premises of the U.S. Embassy in Kampala.

After a struggle that lasted over 20 minutes, sales the youth were eventually overpowered and thrown out of the tightly-guarded premises in Nsambya.

This is not the first time Mbabazi supporters are being arrested at U.S. Embassy in Kampala.

In March, click four youth belonging to the NRM Poor Youth Forum were intercepted by police at the U.S. mission which they intended to use a convergence point during a marathon aimed at popularising the presidential bid of the former Prime Minister.

This is a developing story. More details and pictures to follow.
The United Nations Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs, decease Stephen O’Brien has said the people of South Sudan mainly leaders should end what he described as “senseless war” that has inflicted suffering on the whole population.

His statement on Saturday comes amid massive displacement and war atrocities civilians tearing the world youngest nation apart.

“I am deeply shocked by what I have seen. Innocent civilians are bearing the brunt of this brutal war, ” said Stephen O’Brien as he wrapped up a four-day visit to South Sudan, which earlier this month, marked the fourth anniversary of its independence amid ongoing violence and deprivation.

Mr. O’Brien, who is also the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, painted a grim picture of the situation in South Sudan, which has been roiled in instability and conflict since December 2013.


“Families have endured horrendous atrocities – including killing, abduction, and the recruitment of children into armed groups. Women and girls have been beaten, raped and set on fire,” he said, explaining that entire communities have lost their homes and their livelihoods.

Many people are starving, living in swamps or in bushes, hiding in fear of their lives. This senseless cycle of violence must stop,” he declared.

During his mission, Mr. O’Brien met with humanitarian partners, Government officials and the diplomatic community, and visited communities affected by the conflict in Juba, the capital, and Unity state.

The UN humanitarian chief also called on the leaders of the warring factions to take responsibility for their own actions and for those who act in their name.

“I call on the leadership of South Sudan to listen to their people and lay down their arms, to stop the violence, reconcile their differences and commit to peace.”

According to the UN Office for the Coordination Of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which Mr. O’Brien heads, the humanitarian consequences of the nearly 20-month long conflict in South Sudan are grave: Some 4.6 million people are severely food insecure, with a quarter of a million children at risk from rapidly worsening nutrition.

Massive displacement continues – over two million people, half of whom are children –have fled their homes. This includes some 1.6 million people displaced inside South Sudan and almost 600,000 who have fled to neighbouring countries.

“Humanitarian needs are higher now than ever and we cannot wait to respond, to do even more than brave humanitarians are already delivering. I appeal to the international community to act now to avert an even greater humanitarian tragedy in South Sudan,”underscored Mr. O’Brien.

The South Sudan Humanitarian Response Plan for 2015 is currently only 42 per cent funded, leaving a gap of nearly $1 billion dollars, according to OCHA.



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