HIGHLIGHTS IN SOUTH SUDAN
In a statement issued on 20 May 2015, the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon strongly condemned the escalation of hostilities in the past ten days between the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) and the SPLA in Opposition and their allied forces in Unity and Upper Nile States.
On 19 May, two mortar bombs landed within the United Nations Mission In South Sudan (UNMISS) compound and the Protection of Civilians (POC) site in Melut (Upper Nile State), causing the deaths of four civilians, including a woman and a child and severely injuring another eight civilians.
Dozens of children have been killed, raped, abducted and recruited in a series of attacks in Unity State over the last two weeks, UNICEF said in a press release on 19 May 2015. Survivors reported that whole villages were burned to the ground by armed groups, while large numbers of girls and women were taken outside to be raped and killed.