JUBA South Sudan(Xinhua) --
The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS)
said Friday it plans to re-establish a peacekeeping base
in the volatile Yei border town where government
soldiers were accused of killing 114 civilians.
The UNMISS spokesman
Daniel Dickinson told Xinhua in Juba that the decision
follows the Thursday remarks by David Shearer, the
UNMISS head, who described the situation as terribly sad
on visiting the town located 150 km southwest of the
“The Head of
UNMISS David Shearer visited Yei on Thursday on a
mission to assess the need for a base in the area which
is continuing to experience violence and human rights
abuses, including murder, rape, torture and looting,”
earlier described the situation in Yei as “terribly sad”
given it remains the war-torn country’s bread basket
whose potential has been badly affected by the renewed
violence in July 2016 spreading to the once peaceful
Equatoria region, hence forcing 70 percent of the
population to flee into Uganda and DR Congo.
“This was a
highly prosperous town with well-educated and
hardworking people. It’s incredibly fertile land too.
You have everything that you would want here and yet it
has been destroyed by war,” Shearer said.
Yei is the
town where the UN Secretary General’s Advisor on
Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, visited last
November and warned of potential of ethnic hatred and
killings morphing into genocide.
head said they will support bringing back Yei to its
former position, but on condition the UN is provided
unlimited access into the surrounding countryside and
also to be able to talk to the opposition as well as the
added there were conditions that needed to be met before
a base could be established including the cooperation of
local authorities, a genuinely inclusive grassroots
peace process and guaranteed access for peacekeepers to
enable regular patrols to outlying areas.
political leaders, religious and community groups are
urging the UN to provide protection for civilians who
are unable to travel beyond the town itself because of
ambushes and ongoing violence.
descended into violence in December 2013 after political
dispute between President Kiir and his former deputy
Machar led to fighting that pitted mostly Dinka ethnic
soldiers loyal to Kiir against Machar’s Nuer ethnic
peace agreement to end the violence was again violated
in July 2016 when the rival factions resumed fighting in
the capital forcing the rebel leader Machar to flee into
has killed tens of thousands and displaced millions into
refugee camps in neighbouring countries like Uganda.
South Sudan seeks help
to tackle armyworm invasion
JUBA South Sudan (Xinhua) --
South Sudan on Thursday appealed to UN
agencies and development partners to offer technical and
financial support to assist in combating an outbreak of
fall armyworms which is spreading rapidly across the
Adingo, Minister of Agriculture and Food Security told
journalists in Juba that the crop-eating pest has
already affected 166,000 hectares of farm land, 500 of
which were destroyed completely.
the government initially provided 588,000 U.S. dollars
to purchase pesticides, warning that the fund will not
be enough to roll out a nationwide armyworms control
program to contain the outbreak.
additional financial and technical support is required
from UN agencies and development partners to enable the
government to strengthen control and surveillance of the
outbreak continues to spread into the northern parts of
the country where large scale agriculture is taking
place now, we are afraid there will be a very big
destruction to us because this will increase the threat
of food insecurity,” Adingo said.
country last month declared an outbreak of armyworms in
the southeastern parts of the country, but the worms
have now spread into the bread basket region of
Equatoria and parts of Barh El Gazel.
ministry of agriculture and food security is appealing
to development partners such as FAO, UNDP, WFP and
others to commit both technical and financial support
for us to carry out this noble task,” he added.
armyworm has devastated many countries in Southern and
the Food and Agriculture Organization, the fall armyworm
can cause extensive crop losses of up to 73 percent
depending on existing conditions and is difficult to
control with a single type of pesticide, especially when
it has reached an advanced larval stage.
poses another threat of food insecurity after a
UN-backed report released last month said famine has
eased in the war-torn East African country after massive
humanitarian response , but warned that the number of
food insecure people remains worrying.
Integrated Food Security Phase Classification update by
the government, the FAO, UN Children’s Fund, the World
Food Programme, said the food situation remains dire as
the number of people struggling to get food increased
from 4.9 million in February to 6 million, the highest
level of food insecurity ever experienced in South
food from outside because few people this year are able
to cultivate. So this outbreak of armyworms will cause
more problems unless something is done to stop it,” said
Gorge Tadu, team leader of South Sudan’s emergency fall
armyworm control program.
Malaria claims over
1,900 lives in South Sudan in 6 months
JUBA South Sudan (Xinhua) --
Malaria has caused 1,956
deaths in South Sudan, making it one of the main causes
of illness in the world’s newest nation, the UN
humanitarian agency said.
Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
said in its latest report released on Saturday evening
said more than 928,141 malaria cases have been reported
since January and warns that the mosquito-borne disease
is expected to increase as rainy season sets in.
caused by malaria representing 76.9 percent of all
disease-related deaths recorded so far in 2017. The
counties most-affected to date are Aweil North, Gogrial
West, Juba, Maban, Torit and Wau,” the UN said.
spikes during the mid-year rainy season as mosquitoes,
which transmit the disease, breed in stagnant water.
organizations are scaling up their malaria prevention
and response, with distribution of mosquito nets, and
replenishment of antimalarial drugs in health facilities
at least 20 robberies or ambushes of vehicles involved
in humanitarian activities in June.
endemic in South Sudan, especially during the country’s
rainy season, and there is an annual upswing in cases
years, conflict, displacement and poor access to health
services have contributed to the severity of malaria
outbreaks, with 2016 having the highest number of
recorded cases since South Sudan became independent.