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21 Dec 2015 description

Excellences, Ladies and Gentlemen,

  • It is a true honour for me to have been invited here today to mark with you 10 years since the Central Emergency Response Fund began saving lives around the world through timely, flexible and critical funding.

  • You have heard from my distinguished fellow panellists about the vital role that CERF plays in global humanitarian action. I would like to add to their voices a country-level perspective and to tell you about the lives that CERF has saved in South Sudan over the past two years.

23 Nov 2015 description

(Juba, 23 November 2015): The Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan, Mr. Eugene Owusu, strongly condemns the armed robbery of the Nile Hope compound in Juba on 20 November. During the robbery, aid workers were held at gunpoint and significant assets of the NGO were taken. This is absolutely reprehensible and those responsible must be identified and held to account.

The staff of Nile Hope and other humanitarian workers work day in and day out in dangerous and difficult locations across South Sudan to help people in dire need.

19 Aug 2015 description

Colleagues from the UN System,
Colleagues from the NGO community,
Members of the press,
Ladies and gentlemen,

Thank you for being here with us today in Juba as we join people around the globe to mark World Humanitarian Day.

Today, we celebrate the spirit that inspires humanitarian work around the world and pay tribute to all heroic aid workers who have lost their lives helping the world’s most vulnerable people.

18 May 2015 description

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.

11 May 2015 description

Juba, 11 May 2015: “Ongoing hostilities in Unity state have now obliged all non-governmental organisations and UN agencies to evacuate staff from Leer and other locations. The humanitarian response south of Bentiu in Unity state has, as such, come to a stop.

As a consequence, over 300,000 civilians who are in need of emergency relief, including food aid and medical services, do not currently have access to such life-saving assistance.

08 May 2015 description

Juba, 8 May 2015: “Since the beginning of May, military activities south of Bentiu in Unity State have forced up to 100,000 people from their homes. Civilians living in the areas of and around Guit, Ngop and Nhialdu have been particularly struck by violence and, in an attempt to avoid it, have fled. This comes at the peak of the traditional planting season, when people need to be able to move freely and safely to be able to tend to their crops.

23 Apr 2015 description

Juba, 23 April 2015: “The work of non-governmental organisations and United Nations providing emergency relief to the survivors of conflict in any setting is based on the principles of humanity, impartiality and neutrality. The safety and security of aid workers and their property is a condition for programmes to be carried out.

Central to the work of any aid agency is that their national and international staff members are free to move, unimpeded, to reach civilians in need.

02 Apr 2015 description

Press Statement
South Sudan | 2 April 2015
Statement by Toby Lanzer, Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan

Juba, 2 April 2015: “As we enter the main planting season in South Sudan, I am deeply concerned that the conflict continues to restrict civilians’ freedom of movement and thereby limit people’s ability to provide for themselves. It is vital that the people in South Sudan are able to move freely to access their land, plant crops, tend to their livestock and trade without fear of violence.