United States Provides $79 Million in Humanitarian Assistance for Displaced Persons in South Sudan

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The United States remains deeply concerned about the widespread displacement of civilians and the denial of access for humanitarians to reach populations in need as a result of this man-made crisis.

 Accordingly, the United States announced today nearly $79 million in additional humanitarian assistance for refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in South Sudan.  With this announcement, the total U.S. humanitarian assistance since the beginning of the current crisis in South Sudan is nearly $1.1 billion.

This additional assistance is part of the nearly $800 million the USG is contributing to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in support of its global operations. It is providing refugees and internally displaced persons in South Sudan with shelter and access to clean water and sanitation; health care and essential household items; legal assistance, and activities to prevent and respond to gender-based violence; employment training and kits; and programs to protect children, including education.

 The United States remains committed to the people of South Sudan.  Humanitarian aid is not the answer to the conflict, and the longer the fighting continues, the longer the South Sudanese people suffer.  The Government and Opposition bear full responsibility for the suffering of South Sudanese people, and they must end the violence and allow immediate, full, and unconditional access for aid agencies working to help the people of South Sudan.

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Official Says Yei Would Soon Lead South Sudan in HIV/AIDs rates.

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nhpc-header-1200Santo Paul Lasuba the Mayor of Yei Municipality has on Thursday during a meeting with Chiefs urged the community of Yei to respect chiefs to help reduce the ongoing bad behaviors in the Municipality. ‘’Here in the Municipality there is growing drug abuse, youth are going to bars and Hotels. I as the mayor have issued orders against these bad practices. These orders are to be implemented by the chiefs because the chiefs represent us in the local government. So the community should respect chiefs while doing their work,’’ Paul told Media in Yei during his first meeting with Chiefs since assuming office. The Mayor urged the community members to cooperate with the Municipality in implementing the orders the Municipal has issued majorly in control of spread of diseases. ‘’Now HIV/AID is spreading rapidly in Yei. Yei is number two after Yambio of Western Equatoria State. Soon we in Yei will be number one leading with high HIV/AIDs rates. We need massive awareness to be carried for the People to be aware of the disease in Yei,’’ Paul said Chris Issa Gordon the County AIDS Coordinator in Yei said his office has a three months cumulative results of clients Issued on April this year showing 3486 people  seeking HIV/AIDs treatment. The Coordinator said there has not been a decrease in getting people with HIV citing that the hospital gets on average above forty to fifty new clients per month. He said this might be due to increase in new infections in the community urging for urgent action to reduce the problem. He calls for increase in awareness, prevention intervention and information sharing within the public regarding the life threatening infection to cut down transmission. Gordon cites high HIV/AIDs treatment defaulter numbers of around 30-50 patients per three months in Yei revealing that there is a plan to trace those who avoid taking the ARVs. There are many complaints from the people we lead. The people need development in terms of roads, schools, hospitals so that if someone is sick there will be quick helped,’’ said the sub chief of Marju Sub Boma Sekowa Lumaya Isaac. Sekowa  advised the his counter parters  to continue working though there is no pay for the chiefs in South Sudan calling on the government to help the people of Marju Sub Boma finishes the construction of their community school remaining at roofing stage. Chiefs raised the suffering of their People due to the ongoing economic crisis adding that Yei is hosting internally displaced people who always buy from the Market but now have become unable to cop up with market Prices. They urge the government in Yei to control the Prices so that those who ran from conflict areas and are in Yei afford to feed their families.

UNHCR helps displaced South Sudanese be in touch with their loved ones

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UNHCR South Sudan Press Release

 JUBA, South Sudan (May 25) – Since April UNHCR has been providing satellite phone call services to some of the South Sudanese displaced ​in the Protection of Civilian (POC) site in Wau wishing to find and talk to their relatives displaced elsewhere in South Sudan.

“These satellite calls help IDPs to talk with their families across conflict frontlines”, says Gregory Balke, UNHCR Assistant Representative for Protection in South Sudan. “People are also discovering family members they thought were killed in the civil conflict”, he says.

UNHCR has so far facilitated more than 110 satellite calls helping displaced families restore contact with their relatives amongst four of South Sudan’s ten states. Each family is provided with a ten-minute time slot, with UNHCR personnel supervising at both ends. Additional time is made available to traditional chiefs and women’s representatives to enable them to discuss humanitarian needs.

“It was a great relief to learn that my wife and children were all right”, says South Sudanese James, who had no news of his family since the start of the conflict. Like many of his compatriots who were suddenly forced to flee for their lives in December 2013, James spent days and sleepless nights imagining the worst. “But now that I have talked to my family I am no longer worried”, he says. “I forgot all the sadness of the past eighteen months.”

For UNHCR staff, this has been a heartbreaking but also heartwarming experience. “One man sang a church hymn of joy over the phone to his family members to reassure them he was indeed alive”, says Jack Tut, a Programme expert with UNHCR. “There are no words to describe the joy that a simple call can bring into one’s life”, he says. “When you see a big, sudden smile behind that phone, then you’ll understand that’s the voice one had been waiting to hear in a long time.”

Since the conflict erupted in South Sudan in December 2013, approximately 2 million people have been driven from their homes within and outside the country. Many families have been separated in the rush to flee. Amid ongoing civil conflict, some have managed to stay in touch with their families and home communities, while the vast majority still lacks the means to make contact with family members who have fled to isolated rural areas with no little or no phone coverage.

Citizens Need to Grow More Fruits; Least Five Fruit Trees Every Family in Rural, Two in Urban

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Man Transplant his Banana in Nyori Boma, Panyume Payam of Morobo County CES

Man Transplant his Banana in Nyori Boma, Panyume Payam of Morobo County CES

With the high prices of any single thing that can be converted to cash in South Sudan, there is need for the people of the Country to try putting down long term plans to address upsurge of the economic situation again. When the People of South Sudan were fighting their enemy –the Arabs in the Sudan, the SPLA and the entire People of the South by then fed themselves with either wild fruits or fruits like Mangoes Planted before the formation of the SPLA Since the coming of the SPLM led   South Sudan  government  or even during the process of the war with Sudan,  SPLA  did not put much effort of adding the fruits that they got within their liberated areas either naturally or manmade. Instead trees like Lulu that feed the South Sudanese giving both fruits and oil are cut down for cooking as fuel or to get honey or for building material or spoiled for no reason at all with no penalty to those who take part in such acts.  All over South Sudan you hardily find new mango trees growing along the roads. Even in Yei where some of the old mango tress within the town has been cut, authorities responsible for cutting who even did not participate in planting that time made bold decision to cut down the trees without replacing them. It is only of recent when government officials in Yei felt the impacts of the cutting down of the mango trees along Juba Yei road and urged people to plant more. But why did the government cut without planting first? With the situation that happen in Lakes State and a woman who works for the State government as an Advisor got missing and walked for three days feeding on wild fruits until she was got, she would have not fed on wild fruits alone if there were modern fruits planted by Lakes State Government or even the citizens in those areas she was passing through. The people of  Lakes State and South Sudan in General need to engage in fruit growing to help people who go missing in the bush get something to eat. It has to be made a policy that every citizen dig a hole and drop that seed there to multiply If the roads that connect Counties for example in Central Equatoria are made green by trees that bear fruits how many orphans , widows, War disabled, and those fathers who lost their children, relatives  due to war will get fed with these fruits? I am seeing future in fruit planting in South Sudan. If one was to plant a tree called independent tree right that time our flag was raised, how old would this tree have been and how many fruits it would have produced if that tree start bearing at 3. Taking us back to the population of our country as of the last census if every family was to have that independent tree how many trees would we have planted in South Sudan and if they also give fruits at 3 years, how many fruits will be filling our markets at this time that prices are high and what would have been the price of fruits in our Markets as we would been either selling or eating our independent fruits. Regardless of what type you grow it is it-Independent Mango, Lemon, Orange, Banana, Avocado; it would be supplying the market today. Though i believe you have not cultivated we still have more time to do it to help the next generation. Even today as you read this go and get that tree and dig hole put it there but remember to keep it clean like you do to your body. Trees are like humans. They need clean place with good feeding.  ,

Condemning Escalating Violence in South Sudan

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Press Statement

Marie Harf

Deputy Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson

Washington, DC

May 20, 2015: The United States condemns the intensified fighting and violence in Unity, Upper Nile, and Jonglei states in South Sudan by the Sudan People’s Liberation Army, the armed opposition, and forces led by General Johnson Olony that have led to massive new displacements and had a devastating effect on civilians. We call on all armed groups to immediately halt offensive actions taken in contravention of the January 2014 Cessation of Hostilities Agreement.

Violations of international humanitarian norms, including the outright targeting of civilians already vulnerable to greater harm, especially women and children, and grave human rights abuses and violations of international humanitarian law by all sides are unacceptable. The international community will hold those who perpetrate such abuses and violations to account. We call on all sides to silence the guns immediately, permit the UN Mission in South Sudan to investigate the sites of all alleged human rights abuses and violations of international humanitarian law, and allow all humanitarian workers immediate, free and unobstructed access to conflicted-affected communities regardless of their locations.

The human, social, and economic costs of this war have been devastating and the long-suffering people of South Sudan will also bear the brunt of the potential long-term consequences of this escalating fighting. Any damage to South Sudan’s oil infrastructure is an additional life-long wound to the people and jeopardizes South Sudan’s development and rebuilding. These resources belong to all South Sudanese people and the needs of the nation should be prioritized over the violent intentions of a few.

We will continue to work for a better future for all South Sudanese citizens and condemn those that intentionally jeopardize their collective future.

Statement by Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, on the Violence in South Sudan

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May 20, 2015: The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms the May 20 mortar attacks on the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) compound in Melut, South Sudan, that resulted in the death of four people, including one child, and severely injured eight others. We extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of the victims and reiterate our call for those responsible for attacks on civilians and UN facilities to be held accountable.

Today’s attacks are only the latest in a series of brutally violent acts against civilians, including the raping and murder of children, resulting from increased fighting between the Government of South Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Army in Opposition, and their respective affiliated militias and other armed groups, in Unity and Upper Nile States over the last two weeks. As this most recent incident underscores, the renewed fighting in South Sudan puts at risk UNMISS bases and protection of civilian sites; and it does so at a time when across the country more than 3 million people are lacking sufficient food and more than 2 million are internally displaced.

The international community is footing the bill for President Salva Kiir’s and opposition leader Riek Machar’s shameful disregard for the devastating humanitarian crisis facing the people of South Sudan. Political and military leaders on all sides of this conflict must put aside their self-serving ambitions, bring an end to the fighting, implement the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement to which both have already agreed, and engage in negotiations for a comprehensive and inclusive peace agreement to establish a transitional government and bring about a reform process that addresses the root causes of this conflict.

 South Sudan’s political leaders continue to refuse to prioritize the well-being of their own people, necessitating an increase in international pressure on the South Sudanese parties so that they accept and implement a credible peace agreement. In this vein, we will continue our work with the UN Security Council’s South Sudan Sanctions Committee to gather and review evidence that might be useful for sanctions listings that target political spoilers and those who violate and abuse human rights and violate international humanitarian law.

 We regret that South Sudan’s political leaders repeatedly fail to heed international humanitarian law’s prohibition on intentionally targeting civilians. Additionally, all parties should regard UNMISS sites as inviolable and the work of UNMISS personnel should be respected, supported and protected as they endeavor to protect the more than 120,000 internally displaced people sheltering at UNMISS bases and the many others outside these bases who are displaced by the ongoing fighting.

JOINT LOCAL STATEMENT ON ONGOING FIGHTING, VIOLATIONS OF COH AND HR IN SOUTH SUDAN

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The European Union Delegation, the Heads of Missions of Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, The United Kingdom and the Heads of Mission of Canada, of Japan, of Norway, of Switzerland and of the United States of America issue the following statement in South Sudan:

 

“The Heads of Missions are deeply concerned about the spread of violence in Unity State and Upper Nile. The ongoing military offensives constitute blatant violations of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement signed by the Government of South Sudan and the SPLM/A-in Opposition. The Heads of Missions urge the warring Parties in the strongest possible terms to end the fighting and killing immediately, both to respect the CHA and stop the terrible humanitarian consequences.

 

Military activities during recent weeks in the two States have forced up to 100,000 people to flee their homes. Humanitarian actors have also been forced to leave areas which already were extremely fragile and volatile. The result is that an estimated 650 000 people are left without life-saving aid at the onset of the rainy season. The Heads of Missions are especially disturbed by reports coming from the conflict ravaged areas about gross human rights violations, often targeting children and women. The situation is unacceptable and must be stopped. Those responsible for violations of human rights and other humanitarian crimes must be held to account. We urge all fighting parties to lay down arms, ensure the safety and security of civilians and humanitarian aid workers, and provide unhindered access for humanitarian aid. The only way forward is for all parties to immediately return to the negotiating table to resolve the crisis.”

 

International Humanitarian Law Violated in Leer and Malakal

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Press statement

South Sudan | 18 May 2015

Statement by Toby Lanzer, the Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan

Juba, 18 May 2015: “Military operations in Unity and Upper Nile states over the past three days in particular have again devastated countless lives. Eyewitness accounts report targeted rape and killing of civilians, including children. The offensive in Unity has left thousands of homes burnt and Leer hospital is again under threat of destruction. In Malakal, armed groups have engaged in combat next to the United Nations protection of civilians site and as a consequence, civilians trying to stay out of harm’s way have been injured.

The lack of respect for the sanctity of life, humanitarian infrastructure and the United Nations protection of civilians site constitute breaches of International Humanitarian Law (IHL).  IHL applies to all forces engaged in military activities and holds forces responsible for the safety of civilians and to respect humanitarian staff and facilities.

UN agencies and their partners are working to address the immense humanitarian consequences of the violence, which has resulted in more than 650,000 civilians being left without life-saving aid.

I call on all commanding officers to ensure that their combatants protect and respect civilians, including national and international aid workers and their property. In the coming days key humanitarian professionals plan on travelling to Leer and Malakal to assess the humanitarian situation, and I count on the full cooperation of all relevant parties to ensure access to both locations.”

Silence kills more than Bomb.

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Most South Sudanese these days have zipped their lips regarding the ongoing sin in the Country. They think when they keep there the country Problem will end. Your Silence is another bomb that might be killing more than those using the bombs you know. I hear appeals, concerns, calls, warnings, but there is not an impact to show this conflict is going to end soon but instead it is growing day by day once a call or appeal is put up by those talking. Add up you voice you who is keeping silent. South Sudan National Bank (BOSS) With no clear records as the Auditor put it. Those doing that are more than the IS fighters, Boko Haram and any terrorist in the world. We have heard of our leaders calling themselves as liberators but now who have they liberated that they are now enslaving more than the slave traders did to blacks those days. For 100 South Sudanese pounds to trade at 20 thousand Ugandan Shillings and nearly 2 thousand South Sudanese pounds in other parts of the country at 100 US dollar then you keep clam? For a 50 kg bag of Sugar to cost (500 or more SSP) a salary of other people in the Country and you still say let it increase more? What a heart do you have my brother?