The United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, asked the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms. Navanethem Pillay, and the Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide, Mr. Adama Dieng, to visit South Sudan this week to follow up on the recent brutal attacks against civilians in the northern town of Bentiu where people were killed even in places of worship and hospitals and within a United Nations base in Bor.
“I call on all parties to the conflict in South Sudan to observe one month of tranquillity this May; to stop the violence and to provide a safe environment for civilians caught by the conflict at this most crucial time of the year” – Press Statement by Mr. Toby Lanzer, Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan (Juba, 29 April 2014).
The Regional Refugee Coordinator (RRC) for the South Sudan Situation, Ms Ann Encontre, took part in an Inter-Agency Meeting to discuss the Regional Refugee Contingency Plan for the South Sudan situation (Nairobi, Kenya, 29-30 April 2014). Presentations and discussions on national contingency plans for Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, and Uganda as well as on minimum standards, packages, and regional strategies on Children, Education, and Nutrition took place.
“This could be the beginning of a worrying trend which we are powerless to prevent if the provision of food and other critical supplies continues to be erratic and inconsistent,” says Cosmas Chanda, UNHCR Representative in South Sudan. Underscoring the urgency of pre-positioning adequate food supplies for the coming six months, he adds, “Roads to Maban are facing imminent closure for the duration of the rainy season, which has already started.”