JUBA, (Xinhua) --
The UN senior relief official in South Sudan on
Friday called for urgent scale up of humanitarian assistance in
Tamburu in Western Equatoria which recently witnessed an influx
of over 18,000 IDPs due to an escalation of fighting in the
Alain Noudehou, the
Humanitarian Coordinator, called on warring parties to the
conflict to allow unhindered access of humanitarian supplies to
the affected people.
“We are calling on
all sides to facilitate safe access for humanitarian assistance
in order that we can provide crucial assistance to displaced
populations,” Noudehou said in a statement issued in Juba.
Noudehou on Thursday
led a delegation of UN agencies including international aid
organizations to Tambura where they met with a group of recently
displaced women and community leaders struggling to provide
their families with basic necessities.
“In my conversation
with the Governor of Tambura State, we agreed that their needs
cannot be neglected due to challenges relating to access, in
accordance with international humanitarian law,” he said.
The UN official said
these women shared their hope that the high-level peace talks
currently ongoing will lead to an immediate ceasefire.
Noudehou, the women also expressed their desire to return home
when fighting stops, noting that until then they need to be
provided with dignified shelter, food and water.
“The UN leadership
in South Sudan have serious concerns about the deteriorating
situation in Tambura. “Our main concern remains for the
wellbeing of families, particularly children, who play no part
in fighting but need basic services to survive,” he said.
Noudehou said the UN
will continue to monitor the situation and remain dedicated to
providing assistance where needed.
South Sudan has been
wracked by violence and humanitarian crisis since late 2013,
following a descent into faction fighting between forces loyal
to the President Salva Kiir and then Vice-President Riek Machar.
The UN estimates
that about 4 million South Sudanese have been displaced
internally and externally and at least 7 million people risk