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U.N. Agencies Ensure Peacekeeping, Medical Operations In South Sudan

Several articles examine multiple U.N. agencies’ responses to the violence and humanitarian situation in South Sudan.

U.N. News Centre: South Sudan: U.N. calls for end to fighting, rights abuses; urges unimpeded access for aid
“With the Security Council renewing its call on all parties in strife-torn South Sudan to end the violence, protect civilians and ease access for relief workers, the wider United Nations organization today continued its efforts help alleviate the ‘extremely volatile’ situation by moving to reinforce peacekeepers and scale up its humanitarian response. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced that he would dispatch Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Ivan Simonovic, to the country this weekend to look into cases of rights violations believed to have been committed by both sides in the conflict which has displaced more than 230,000 people, more than a quarter of whom are on U.N. bases seeking refuge from fighting between pro- and anti-government forces…” (1/10).

U.N. News Centre: South Sudan: U.N. releases $15 million in urgent aid but peacekeeper surge will take longer
“While the United Nations has released $15 million from its rapid response fund for immediate humanitarian operations in war-torn South Sudan, even amid ‘very substantial progress’, it could take up to eight weeks before the full 5,500-strong surge in U.N. peacekeepers and equipment is deployed on the ground…” (1/9).

WHO: WHO ensures wounded in South Sudan get to hospital for life-saving treatment
The WHO announces in a press release that “more than 2,500 people have been injured in the ongoing crisis in South Sudan [and] WHO is working with partners on the ground to ensure they get the medical care and supplies they need…” (1/8).