South Sudan

South Sudan: UN blue helmets deploy to deter ethnic violence in key town

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has deployed a battalion of troops in the town of Pibor in Jonglei state, which is under imminent attack by an estimated 6,000 armed men from one of two feuding communities in the area, a UN official said today.

Ban voices deep concern at ethnic tensions in South Sudan

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed deep concern today about continuing ethnic tensions in South Sudan’s Jonglei state, where there are reports of fresh rounds of deadly clashes and claims that thousands of armed youth are preparing to attack members of a rival community.

UN urges South Sudan to act now to avert large-scale violence in Jonglei

The United Nations today urged South Sudan to take all necessary measures to protect civilians in Jonglei state after reports identified thousands of armed youth preparing to attack a rival community.

South Sudan: UN begins airlifting relief supplies for refugees fleeing Sudan

The United Nations refugee agency today launched a massive airlift of relief supplies from Kenya to neighbouring South Sudan where an estimated 50,000 Sudanese refugees are in need of assistance after fleeing conflict in their country.

South Sudan: UN envoy hails Vice-President’s appeal for reconciliation in Jonglei

The head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan has welcomed an appeal by the country’s Vice-President Riek Machar to communities in the troubled Jonglei state to refrain from violence and to immediately engage in talks on reconciliation and peaceful coexistence.

‘Storm of hunger’ threatens lives of 2.5 million South Sudanese – UN official

Damaged crops combined with conflict and insecurity are threatening to leave some 2.5 million people in South Sudan – the world’s newest country – in critical conditions unless food assistance is provided immediately, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned today.

South Sudan: UN urges reconciliation as 40 die in ethnic violence in Jonglei

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan today stressed the need to press ahead with the reconciliation process in Jonglei state where another outbreak of inter-ethnic violence earlier this week left more than 40 people dead, most of them women, children and the elderly.

Dozens killed in latest round of ethnic violence in South Sudan – UN mission

The United Nations peacekeeping operation in South Sudan is investigating the causes of another spasm of ethnic violence in the new country that has reportedly killed dozens of villagers and displaced many more.

UN agency voices concern about safety of refugees in Sudanese border areas

The United Nations refugee agency said today it is working to move refugees who have fled fighting in southern parts of Sudan and crossed over into neighbouring South Sudan away from the border and to safer areas due to security concerns.

South Sudan: UN mission presses for all child soldiers to be released

The United Nations peacekeeping operation in South Sudan today called on the country’s military to ensure that all child soldiers within its ranks are released after more than 50 teenage soldiers were let go earlier this week.