JUBA South Sudan (Xinhua) --
The UN senior relief official in South
Sudan on Friday called for urgent action to help avert a
worsening food crisis in the world’s youngest nation.
Alain Noudehou, the
UN humanitarian coordinator, said although a famine was stopped
due to intensive humanitarian intervention, the situation
remains fragile, with about 85 percent of the population
predicted to reach crisis and emergency food insecurity
conditions by the end of April.
“Due to seasonal
time pressure, we need early funding now to reach millions of
people with multi-sectoral assistance during the dry season
through road transport and prepositioning of life-saving aid
supplies,” Noudehou said in a statement issued in Juba.
activities will be many times more costly if done by air
transport during the rainy season,” Noudehou added.
He was speaking
after leading a high-level delegation of donors, heads of
humanitarian agencies and partners to Leer, in the Unity region
of South Sudan, to see first-hand the plight of the 90,000
people living in the area.
The delegation met
with the governor of Leer, community leaders and aid agencies
operating in the region. Leer was one of two counties affected
by famine in 2017.
According to the UN,
at least 4.3 million people have been displaced, including more
than 1.8 million who are internally displaced and about 2.5
million who are in neighboring countries.
“Once again, I
strongly urge all parties to the conflict to stop the fighting
and to ensure that humanitarian agencies are given free, safe
and unhindered access to all areas of South Sudan, and for all
bureaucratic impediments to be removed,” said Noudehou.
A recent report
analyzing food security in the conflict-affected country
projected that more than seven million people—almost two-thirds
of the population of South Sudan—could become severely food
insecure between May and July without sustained humanitarian
assistance and access.
South Sudan are continuing to suffer from hunger, disease and
displacement with the conflict now in its fifth year.
UN aid official calls for
action to avert food crisis in South Sudan
UNITED NATIONS New York (Xinhua) --
UN Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan Alain
Noudehou has called for urgent action to avert a worsening food
crisis in the country, a UN spokesman said Friday.
“Over 7 million
people, almost two-thirds of the population, could become
severely food insecure between May and July without sustained
humanitarian assistance and access,” Stephane Dujarric,
spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, said at the
daily news briefing.
Funding is needed
now to reach millions of people with assistance during the dry
season through road transport and prepositioning of life-saving
aid supplies, adding that the same activities will be many times
costlier if done by air transport during the rainy season,
Noudehou was quoted as saying.
Noudehou led a
high-level delegation of donors, heads of humanitarian agencies
and partners to the area of Leer, in South Sudan’s Unity region,
to see first-hand the plight of the 90,000 people living in the
Although the famine
there was stopped due to intensive humanitarian intervention,
the situation remains fragile with about 85 percent of the
population predicted to reach crisis and emergency food
insecurity conditions by the end of April, said the spokesman.
South Sudan orders shutdown of
JUBA South Sudan (Xinhua) --
South Sudan’s media regulator on Friday suspended
the operations of the UN-aided Radio Miraya FM.
An official of the
South Sudan Media Authority told reporters in Juba that the
radio station operated by the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS)
was suspended as it failed to obtain a valid broadcasting
Elijah Alier Kuai,
managing director of the South Sudan Media Authority, said the
government has asked the country’s communications authority to
withdraw the radio’s frequency effective March 9.
Alier said the
decision was taken after a two-week registration deadline
“The Media Authority
has suspended the operations of Radio Miraya 101 FM for
persistent non-compliance and refusal to be regulated under the
media laws in the Republic of South Sudan,” Alier said.
Alier said Radio
Miraya journalists will not be allowed to cover stories until
the suspension is lifted. He denied criticism that the
suspension amounts to media censorship.
“The Radio Miraya
should operate legally as a media house in South Sudan. Even
though they are under the UN, they have to be regulated,” he
spokesperson for the UN mission denied the shutdown, saying the
UN-operated radio is operating as talks between the world body
and government continue.
“The United Nations
Mission in South Sudan is in discussions with the government.
Radio Miraya is continuing to broadcast across the country,”
Francesca Mold, the spokesperson for UNMISS told Xinhua.
South Sudanese call for peace,
ending sexual violence against women
JUBA South Sudan (Xinhua) --
South Sudan on Thursday joined the rest of the
world in marking the International Women’s Day amid calls for
ending gender-based violence, sexual abuse, discrimination in
the war-torn nation.
Hundreds of women
marked the event by staging a peaceful procession in Juba
carrying placards calling for empowerment and an end to all
forms of women’s rights violations.
Women interviewed by
Xinhua said the civil war that is now in its fifth year and a
biting economic crisis have caused a lot of suffering in their
“Our children and
husbands are dying daily. Women are being raped. How long will
this continue? We want peace and reconciliation in our country,”
55-year-old Jane Kaku told Xinhua.
According to a
survey released in November 2017 by the International Rescue
Committee and the George Washington University’s Global Women’s
Institute, violence perpetrated against women and girls in
war-torn South Sudan are among the highest in the world and
twice the global average.
“Old women are being
raped, small girls are being gang raped. Government must
implement the law and punish these rapists because women in
south Sudan are tired of suffering,” said activist Sarah Keji.
Awut Deng Achuil,
Minister of Gender and Social Welfare, said women who make up
over 60 percent of South Sudan’s population continue to bear the
brunt of violence from armed groups, sexual violence and child
immediate action focusing on investment in women’s programs is
needed for attainment of gender parity in the world’s youngest
“It is sad that our
girls are booked for marriage when they are three years old. It
is too much to bear. Time is now to take action to change the
lives of women through silencing the guns,” Achuil said.
According to the
United Nations, gender-based violence (GBV) is persistent and a
serious problem in the East African nation as 98 percent of GBV
incidents reported in South Sudan in 2016 affected women and
The UN said GBV
includes rape, sexual assault, domestic violence, forced and
early marriage that affect women, girls, boys and men.
David Shearer, head
of the UN mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), urged the government
and development partners to invest more in women empowerment
initiatives for realization of gender equality and socioeconomic
progress for all women in south Sudan.
“This day is about
women and girls, but is it also about peace. It is a chance to
challenge ourselves to find other ways to transform their lives
of women and girls in South Sudan and across the world,” said
UN mission mourns death of
deminer in northern South Sudan
JUBA South Sudan (Xinhua) --
The UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS) on Friday
confirmed the death of a deminer working for a contracting
partner after suffering serious injuries while working at a
UNMAS said in a
statement that a second deminer received minor injuries in the
incident, which took place at Melut in the northern Upper Nile
region of South Sudan on Wednesday.
UNMAS South Sudan
program manager, Tim Lardner, said the mine action community in
South Sudan was deeply shocked by the loss of their long-time
sympathy and condolences go to the family of the deceased who
had devoted much of her life to removing explosive hazards in
South Sudan and was committed to building a safer country for
future generations,” said Lardner.
He added that UNMAS
is working with its partners, including the South Sudan National
Mine Action Authority, to fully investigate the cause of the
The head of the UN
Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), David Shearer, also expressed
his sympathy to the family, friends and colleagues of the
Since its inception
in South Sudan in 2004, UNMAS has surveyed vast tracts of land,
cleared 37,839 landmines and 939,552 unexploded ordnance (UXO).
“We also pay homage
to the brave and highly skilled women and men in the 49 demining
teams currently operating across South Sudan,” said Lardner.
South Sudan has been
embroiled in more than four years of conflict since December
2013 between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and his former
deputy Riek Machar, causing millions of people to flee as