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Famine could spread to 3rd South Sudan county: New report

Christy Curtis | 08 May, 2017, 06:30

The base came under small arms attack from the direction of the nearby Government-held town but the Ghanaian peacekeepers at the base swiftly responded to the attackers and repulsed them. There were no reported injuries.

He said in a statement that all parties to the conflict should to respect the sanctity of United Nations premises.

"Unfortunately, this is not a unique incident in South Sudan, the most risky country in the world today for aid workers", Haley said in a statement.

"It is clear the attackers have no consideration for their plight, given those who most desperately need help will suffer more because of a likely resulting delay of humanitarian aid", Shearer said.

Despite the August 2015 peace agreement, South Sudan slipped back into conflict due to renewed clashes between rival forces - the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) loyal to President Salva Kiir and the SPLA in Opposition backing former First Vice-President Riek Machar.

"UNMISS is protecting our civilians in government areas while we protect the ones in the liberated areas".

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UNMISS's chief, David Shearer, said in a statement that the deployment is temporary, saying United Nations troops are mandated to "secure the base from where humanitarians are providing water and other assistance".

The U.N human rights chief had earlier, also appealed to the Government of South Sudan to halt any further military offensives towards Aburoc in the Upper Nile region. "Civilians in Abruk face imminent grave risks of gross human rights abuses, ethnic violence and displacement", Zaid said.

Last week, she said 83 humanitarian workers had been killed since the outbreak of civil war in December 2013.

In February, U.N. and South Sudanese government agencies declared that parts of the country were officially experiencing famine, with 100,000 people at risk of immediate starvation.

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