JUBA South Sudan (Xinhua) --
A delegation from the UN Security Council
arrived in South Sudan on Friday to help shore up peace
after heavy clashes between forces loyal to President
Salva Kiir and former Vice-President Riek Machar in
A statement from the UN mission in South Sudan (UNMISS)
said the visit comes after the 15-member council
recently approved the deployment of a 4,000-strong
protection force responsible for providing a secure
environment in and around Juba, under the authority of
the UNMISS in the wake of recent violence stemming from
The delegation co-led by the Permanent Representatives
of the Missions of Senegal and the United States include
representatives of all the other permanent and rotating
member states of the Security Council.
The delegation is expected to hold meetings with Kiir
and other transitional government members, with the aim
of reinforcing the various messages contained in a
number of resolutions that it has issued in relation to
“The council also aims to engage in discussions on how
the UN Mission will continue to work with the government
to improve the security and humanitarian situation in
South Sudan,” the statement said.
Council members will also engage with civil society
organizations, community leaders, women and youth groups
to obtain firsthand perspectives on the security
situation, their needs, challenges, the impact of the
conflict on communities, and solicit their views.
The council has, in its recent resolution, expressed
grave alarm over the security situation and the ongoing
violence in the country, as well as the dire
humanitarian consequences for the people of the country.
It has also expressed extreme concern over reports of
widespread sexual and gender-based violence and ethnic
clashes, and plans to urge all parties to adhere to an
immediate end to fighting throughout the country, during
UN refugee agency
opens new camp in South Sudan
JUBA South Sudan (Xinhua) --
The UN refugee agency said on Friday that
it has officially opened a new camp in South Sudan to
provide better protection and services to refugees
relocating from Yida settlement and new arrivals from
the war-torn Nuba Mountains.
A statement from the United Nations High Commissioner
for Refugees (UNHCR) said the new camp in Pamir, some 80
km south of the contested border with Sudan, is ready to
accommodate up to 20,000 people at the moment.
UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner George Okoth-Obbo, who
was on a three-day visit to South Sudan, said the new
camp, which was opened in coordination with local
authorities and South Sudan’s Commission for Refugee
Affairs, will ensure refugee access to quality services.
“Our aim is to ensure that refugees access to quality
services according to international standards, but our
long-term strategy is to provide them with the tools and
means that enable them to become more self-reliant and
less dependent on humanitarian assistance,” Okoth-Obbo
“This means boosting education, investing in agriculture
and skill development opportunities,” he said of the new
The statement said UNHCR and partners have so far
demarcated 5,000 family plots, built a primary school
and a health care center.
Drinking water is available through a sun-powered water
pumping system and teachers are on site to start classes
as soon as the school term resumes.
UNHCR carried a vanguard of 30 refugees from Yida
settlement to the new camp last Tuesday. Thousands more
are scheduled to relocate by the end of the year.