JUBA South Sudan (Xinhua) --
South Sudan peace monitors on
Saturday decried a surge in violence and fighting in
three South Sudan states, terming the detainment of 10
aid workers as unacceptable violation of the ceasefire
Monitoring Evaluation Commission (JMEC) said it is
dismayed by reports that 10 aid workers, working for UN
agencies and NGO’s and supporting people in need, have
gone missing from around Yei town in Central Equatoria.
expects this deplorable situation to be resolved as
quickly as possible and that the aid workers are found
and released immediately and unconditionally,” JMEC said
in a statement issued in Juba.
fighting has been reported in Nhialdiu, Mayendit,
Rupchai, Thaker, and Mirinyal, in the vicinity of Leer
and Bentiu in the Unity region, as well as around Motot
and Akobo in Jonglei.
In Leer, in
the northern part of the country, armed clashes have
occurred near a temporary UN mission operating base and
peacekeepers have placed on high alert to protect some
600 internally displaced persons who sought sanctuary
monitors said security and humanitarian violations are
unacceptable and demanded unconditional and immediate
release of aid workers who went missing on Wednesday.
It called on
warring parties to comply with the terms of the
Agreement on the Cessation of Hostilities, Protection of
Civilians and Humanitarian Access, signed on December 21
condemns this latest violation of the two-signed
Agreements, which demand unimpeded access for
humanitarian aid workers in South Sudan,” it said.
condemned a reported outbreak of fighting in Unity,
Jonglei and Central Equatoria states, where violent
clashes are reportedly causing an influx of internally
displaced people, especially women, children and the
elderly, seeking sanctuary.
incidents, the peace monitors said, must be investigated
before any pronouncements can be made, noting however
that all violence is unacceptable and potentially
damaging to the on-going revitalization process.
therefore has asked Ceasefire Transitional Monitoring
Mechanism (CTSAMM) to undertake the necessary
investigation as stipulated in the 2017 Agreement on
Cessation of Hostilities, Protection of Civilians and
Humanitarian Access (ACoH),” it said.
monitors further called upon all signatory parties to
cease fighting, avoid confrontation and protect
civilians from harm or displacement and fully comply
with the provisions of the ACoH in both letter and
has been embroiled in four years of conflict that has
taken a devastating toll on the people, creating one of
the fastest growing refugee crisis in the world.
A peace deal
signed in August 2015 between the rival leaders under UN
pressure led to the establishment of a transitional
unity government in April, but was shattered by renewed
fighting in July 2016.
Relief agencies slate
increased attacks on workers in South Sudan
JUBA South Sudan (Xinhua) --
Relief agencies in South Sudan on
Saturday condemned increased attacks on humanitarian
workers in the war-torn nation.
under South Sudan NGO Forum which comprises both local
and international organizations also called for safe
release of ten aid workers who went missing outside Yei
town in Central Equatoria region on Wednesday.
community is deeply concerned about these heinous acts
and calls for the immediate release of the ten
humanitarian colleagues and their safe return to their
families,” said the agencies.
organizations which included Plan International, South
Sudanese Development Organization, (SSDO), ACROSS and
Action Africa Help (AAH) called for an end to increased
attacks on humanitarian workers in the country.
“In order to
prevent the already dire conditions deteriorating, aid
workers must be facilitated to deliver humanitarian
assistance safely and without any threat or risk to
their lives,” said the agencies.
statement comes after the UN peacekeeping mission said
surging violence in parts of South Sudan is putting
thousands of war-weary civilians at risk and endangering
the fragile peace process in the world’s youngest
the UN, such hostilities have forced the relocation of
several humanitarian workers resulting in disruption of
said the missing of ten aid workers is the latest in a
series of incidents directly targeting aid workers in
the last two weeks.
condemn all forms of attack against humanitarian aid
workers and appeal to parties to the conflict to not
lose sight of those most affected by the ongoing crisis
in South Sudan including vulnerable women, children and
elderly people,” said the agencies.
must support the efforts of humanitarian aid workers to
save lives and alleviate suffering for dignified human
beings in the world’s youngest nation.”
South Sudan Humanitarian Response plan for 2018, 4
million people have been displaced since the conflict
broke out in 2013, including 1.9 million internally
displaced people, with over 85 percent estimated to be
women and children.
Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC)
projected that in the absence of humanitarian assistance
in May-July, an estimated 7.1 million people (63 percent
of the population) will face food crisis or worse acute
South Sudan and UN
mission reach settlement on radio operation
JUBA South Sudan (Xinhua) --
South Sudan and the UN Mission in South
Sudan (UNMISS) on Friday agreed to end the bickering
over the operations of the UN-owned radio in the
strife-torn country after previously being ordered to
UNMISS David Shearer told journalists that they reached
positive resolution with South Sudanese Minister of
Information Michael Makuei on the operation of Radio
Miraya after the media regulator ordered its shutdown on
March 9 over failure to register.
“I just had
a very good meeting with the minister of information, it
was cooperative we set out both sides of the issue
around Radio Miraya. We came to a resolution about
moving forward in terms of looking at it from a legal
point of view,” said Shearer in Juba, adding that the UN
legal team from New York will be coming in the country
over the issue.
has 38 radio broadcasters which have been registered but
Radio Miraya is covered under the Status of Forces
Agreement (SOFA) signed between the government and UN in
the wake of South Sudan winning independence from Sudan
focuses much of its programs on peace, culture and
of international organizations in the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs Andruga Duku denied shutting down the
radio as it continued operating on the air waves despite
the shutdown order by the South Sudan media authority.
“I am saying
that it (Miraya) has not been shut down even this
morning I listened to Radio Miraya. We hope that this
process will be resolved and of course the decision has
been taken by the authorities concerned because of lack
of cooperation,” said Duku, urging further cooperation
between the two parties.
hope that there will be mutual understanding between the
management of radio Miraya, UNMISS and the ministry of
been misunderstood here is the regularization of Radio
Miraya does not mean censorship. The frequency 101 was
given before South Sudan came into existence, but now if
this frequency is not given to Radio Miraya legally it
becomes difficult any other person can interfere,” Duku
disclosed that the local laws of South Sudan must work
hand in hand with the Status of Forces Agreement between
government and UNMISS.
descended into violence in December 2013 after political
dispute between President Salva Kiir and his former
deputy Riek Machar led to split within the SPLA, leaving
soldiers to fight alongside ethnic lines.
peace agreement to end the conflict was weakened after
the outbreak of renewed fighting in July 2016.