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South Sudan: UN humanitarian chief calls for end to attacks against civilians, aid workers

04 August 2016

On 3 August, United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien concluded his three-day mission to crisis-torn South Sudan, voicing serious concern at the humanitarian situation in the country and in particular the violence against civilians, as well as attacks against aid workers, which is hampering efforts to respond to the needs of the people affected by the fighting.

“I am outraged by the heinous acts of violence that have been committed against civilians, including by members of the armed forces,” Mr. O’Brien said, calling for swift and decisive action to halt these abuses and hold the perpetrators accountable, in a press release issued by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) following his press conference in Juba.

He stressed that the humanitarian situation in South Sudan is “catastrophic”: more than half of the population – some 6.1 million people – are in need of humanitarian assistance and an estimated 4.8 million people are severely food insecure. A quarter of a million children are facing severe acute malnutrition.

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