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Reconcilation is the key solution to Jonglei, says Lise Grande UN Humanitarian Coordinator

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"We estimate at least 120 thousand people in Jonglei are in need of humanitarian assistance as the result of the violence, already 115 thousand have been registered." Lise Grande, the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan said in an interview with Radio Miraya Inside South Sudan show on Monday.

Ms. Grande also said that the number of people who are in need of humanitarian assistance might increase and possibly reach 160 thousands people as the violence has a devastating impact on Jonglei population.

Ms. Grande explained the aim of her visit to Pibor saying that it was to assess how much progress was made in providing people with assistance adding that she was impressed of what she saw.

"The most impressive thing that we saw was how quickly the humanitarian partners were able to scale up their assistance in a very short time."

Responding to a question about what would be the long term solution to Jonglei state crisis, Ms. Grande said:

"The key solution to Jonglei, is violence has to stop, fighting has to stop! There is no other way around it."

Listen to the full radio interview