KHARTOUM Sudan (Xinhua) --
About 182,000 South Sudanese refugees have arrived in Sudan in 2017, according
to United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on
460,000 South Sudanese refugees, fleeing hunger and violence in South Sudan,
have arrived in Sudan since December 2013. About 182,000 refugees arrived in
2017 so far. The majority of new arrivals are women and children,” said OCHA in
its most recent report obtained by Xinhua Thursday.
explained that the refugee influx into Sudan’s South Darfur continues with
approximately 241 South Sudanese refugees arriving in the state every day.
earlier indicated that 7.5 million out of over 12.5 people in South Sudan were
in need of humanitarian assistance, with more than 4.9 million people suffering
from food insecurity, displacement, dispute and economic deterioration.
continued security issues in South Sudan and the famine which affects large
areas in the new-born state, new influxes of South Sudanese refugees are
expected to arrive in Sudan.
the South Sudanese refugees in many camps distributed in four states including
the White Nile, South Kordofan, East Darfur and Khartoum states.
In Aug. 15
last year, Sudan officially decided to treat the South Sudanese fleeing the war
in their country as refugees, which opens the door for the UN to provide them
with aid and fund aid programs.
UN withdraws 30 aid
workers from South Sudan’s Aburoc over fighting
JUBA South Sudan (Xinhua) --
The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said Thursday they have withdrawn 30
humanitarian aid workers in the wake of recent renewed fighting in Aburoc area
of Upper Nile region.
The head of
UNMISS David Shearer said that they were forced to withdraw 30 aid workers
following outbreak of fighting on Wednesday which has put thousands of civilians
at risk as government troops fight to dislodge rebels from the northern town.
“We are still
unclear about exactly what is happening on the ground in terms of whether the
fighting is ongoing or likely to carry on. What is important is for both parties
to pull back, because there are a number of civilians there (Aburoc) that
humanitarian organizations would have been supporting,” he said in Juba.
“I have been
there and visited that area and the overwhelming number of them are women and
children and older people. So, I would like the warring parties to pull back and
allow those people to the safe sanctuary that they deserve and they need,” he
about 10,000 people including women and children left in the restive Aburoc area
located along the Nile River banks.
In May the
UNMISS forces were temporary deployed there to help with delivery of
humanitarian aid following fighting between warring factions.
Shearer also disclosed that South Sudan’s worsening humanitarian crisis and
peace deal revival efforts by the East African bloc, the Intergovernmental
Authority on Development (IGAD) will be discussed at the ongoing 72nd
UN General Assembly in New York.
that the meeting will also highlight the importance of ending impunity for
attacks against civilians and humanitarian aid workers, adding that the number
of aid workers killed in South Sudan this year totals 18 following the recent
killing of a driver working with International Committee of the Red Cross in
“We hope for
solidarity of purpose between the UN, African Union and IGAD for those
organizations to agree a steady commitment to reach political settlement, and
support revitalization of the peace process. I anticipate that the discussion
will seem to run plans for the upcoming IGAD revitalization forum in Addis
Ababa,” he added.
said that the ongoing national dialogue will also be raised in New York. The UN
has already provided financial, logistical support besides bringing in a number
of experts to train and advise the steering committee of the national dialogue.
“The UN sees
the national dialogue as positive step in the overall pursuit of peace, as well
as an opportunity to inject new life into the 2015 peace agreement. However, for
the national dialogue to be successful and enable free discussion and bring
parties together, the cessation of hostilities is important,” he said.
doctors provide free services in South Sudan
JUBA South Sudan (Xinhua) --
A team of Chinese doctors working in South Sudan on Thursday offered free
medical services for students and staff members at the University of Juba.
The team of
specialist doctors provided specialized medical services focusing on diabetes,
hypertension and cardiovascular diseases to more than 100 students and staff
members at the University of Juba Health Center.
Chinese medical team from China’s Anhui Province came to South Sudan in
February, and they have been providing free medical services in the country’s
main referral hospital, Juba Teaching Hospital and other health centers across
For the past
six years running, China has dispatched five medical teams with a total of 66
members who offered specialized medical care and surgeries for more than 50,000
patients across South Sudan.
Andy Yan, a
translator for the Chinese medical team, said they intend to expand their
operations across South Sudan in a bid to access more people, adding that the
team would be conducting more outreach services.
“We want to
show our responsibility and play our part to distribute the medical service to
the local people and also help more people get access to services provided by
the China medical team,” Andy said.
Head Medical Officer at University of Juba Health Center, said the Chinese
doctors are doing excellent work in South Sudan.
“The work the
Chinese doctors are doing is very excellent. We are happy for them because they
are doing good job in South Sudan. If I have some cases, will invite them
(Chinese doctors) to come back,” Obir said.
“I came here
to check for diabetes, heart and lungs function. The Chinese doctors told me
that I’m fine. So I thank them for the services offered free of charge and I
urge them to expand their work,” 55-year old Yunis Gire told Xinhua after being
attended to by the Chinese doctors.
patient Lusia Musa said the free medical services provided by the Chinese
doctors spared her from spending money to visit private clinics which are
“I thank the
Chinese for helping us with the free medical services otherwise I would spend a
lot of money if I were to go to a clinic. If they are coming back next time,
they should also include testing of Malaria and cancer in their program,” Musa
independence in 2011, China has contributed diplomatic and material support to
the two countries agreed to boost cooperation in the health sector by enhancing
knowledge sharing, capacity building, and hospital to hospital collaboration.
and China have also started implementing a project for the modernization of two
health facilities in the war-torn country as part of 33 million U.S. dollar
medical assistance pledged by Beijing in 2013.
night peacekeeping patrols to boost returns in South Sudan
JUBA South Sudan (Xinhua) --
The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has recommended launching night
peacekeeping patrols to residential neighbourhoods to provide additional
security and boost confidence for South Sudanese returning home.
Head of the
UN Peacekeeping Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) David Shearer said Wednesday the
proposal is being considered by South Sudan authorities.
our humanitarian partners both have a role to play in the eventual return of
displaced people,” Shearer said on a visit to Wau town in north-western region.
visited the neighbourhood of Lokoloko on the outskirts of Wau where some
residents have returned to their houses and started growing food on a small
help by providing a greater sense of security and humanitarian agencies can
offer more services outside the protection camps so those people will have more
incentives to leave and restart their lives at home,” he added in a statement
issued after the visit.
In April, the
alleged ambush and killing of a government SPLA General in Wau led to clashes in
the town resulting in the deaths of around 30 civilians.
is also the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, said the return
of displaced people to their homes in Wau could provide a “model” for other
parts of the country.
important that people return to their homes voluntarily and for that to happen
they need to feel safe and confident about their future,” Shearer said.
The number of
displaced people living in the UNMISS Protection of Civilians (POC) site has
fallen from 38,000 to 32,500 over the last two months. Many of those people have
returned home to cultivate their land.
situation has improved in recent weeks. I am pleased to see that the local
authorities, the police and National Security have worked to improve the
security environment,” the UN official said.
with the Wau Governor and security officials about cooperation with the UN,
humanitarian agencies and importantly the displaced people themselves, to create
the enabling conditions to assist people to leave the camps and go home.
collaboration could represent a new model for the return of displaced people,”
calls for use of diplomacy to resolve South Sudan conflict
JUBA South Sudan (Xinhua) --
A South Sudanese expert Tuesday said the United States should explore use of
persuasion and diplomacy toward the war-torn country’s leaders, instead of
sanctions which could scuttle ongoing peace efforts.
don’t have any major impact on these leaders that have been sanctioned in South
Sudan. They just send sort of chilling, personal reflections to those leaders,
because most of (leaders) them don’t travel, have no money in the U.S they have
money here,” said Jacob Chol, professor of politics at Juba university.
reacting to the Sept. 6 sanctions including asset freeze and travel ban imposed
by the U.S Department of the Treasury on three former and current South Sudan
leaders on pretext of obstructing peace and stability in the country.
individuals include the minister of information Michael Makuei, South Sudan army
(SPLA) deputy chief of staff Malek Reuben and former SPLA chief of staff Paul
will embolden the leaders now and make them stronger. What is important besides,
sanctions are persuasion and diplomacy,” said Chol, adding that most of these
leaders don’t actually have credit cards.
science don also cautioned that the U.S. administration’s recent sanctions
should have included members of the armed opposition (SPLA-in opposition) allied
to former First Vice President Riek Machar.
should be careful on whom to sanction, if they want to be very fair they have to
look on both sides of the war so that the government does not look like it is
being targeted by the U.S.,” he disclosed.
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Undersecretary Bak Valentino called the U.S.
sanctions unjust and unfair since they excluded rebel officials.
said there is need for leadership transition to be included in the high level
peace deal revitalization forum launched in July, by the East African bloc
Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD).
region does not become very neutral and honest enough to resolve conflict, it
will go on forever. This State should be helped to save it from collapse,” he
descended into violence in December 2013 after political dispute between
President Salva Kiir and his former deputy Riek 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 Machar to flee into
has killed tens of thousands of people and displaced millions that have sought
refuge in neighbouring countries.