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South Sudan: UN Commitment to Protecting Civilians at Bases

South Sudan: UN Mission Reaffirms Commitment to Protecting Civilians at Bases

New York, Apr 9 2014 - The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said today that since the hostilities that erupted between the Government and opposition forces last December, an average of 75,000 civilians have found refuge from violence in UN bases across the country.

In a news release, the Mission also notes that currently, some 67,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) are seeking protection at 8 of its protection sites, notably in Juba and Malakal.

The Mission notes that none of those sites were designed to host IDPs, let alone in such huge numbers, and “with space per person reaching less than a tenth of what is recommended by minimum humanitarian standards, the risk of disease outbreaks remains extremely high.”

UNMISS says that it has been particularly concerned with the congestion in the Juba Tomping and Malakal sites since the beginning of the crisis.

In addition to providing shelter, UNMISS and its partners are also working to improve the water and sanitation situation in order to mitigate the public health risks arising from overcrowding and scorching temperatures.

The Mission has negotiated with the South Sudanese authorities’ access to more land to accommodate the displaced and is building additional new compounds aimed at the protection of civilians in Bor, Juba, and Malakal. However, these projects have been significantly delayed due to ongoing insecurity in Malakal, and limited availability of engineering capacity.

The first heavy rains in the beginning of March, revealed the inevitable deterioration of living conditions, prompting UNMISS and its partners to accelerate steps to decongest the camps, improve sanitation, and conduct scenario planning to address any outbreaks of any deadly diseases.

In order to avert any health crises, IDPs in the Tomping site are being internally relocated to areas that are not prone to floods and gradually moved to alternative sites as they are completed. The Tomping site should be closing in May, when the new camp in the Jebel area is expected to be ready, says the Mission.

Overall, about a million people in South Sudan have been forced from their homes due to the conflict. The UN continues to advocate with the country’s authorities for political and security solutions that will allow the displaced to return to their homes or seek abode in any other part of the country.

For more details go to UN News Centre at http://www.un.org/news

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