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UN deploys more peacekeepers to S. Sudan’s Unity state

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May 17, 2018 (JUBA) - The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) is sending 150 peacekeepers to Unity state to protect civilians who are being targeted in clashes between the government and rebel troops, the world body announced on Thursday.

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The move comes just days after the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock urged all the warring parties involved in South Sudan’s conflict to cease hostilities and protect civilians and aid workers.

"The conflict in South Sudan is now in its fifth year. Ordinary people are suffering on an unimaginable scale. The peace process has so far produced nothing. The cessation of hostilities is a fiction. The economy has collapsed," he said after a two-day visit to the country.

The senior UN official, as part of this tour of the war-torn nation, met South Sudan government officials, members of armed opposition faction (SPLM-IO), various humanitarian entities and UN partners.

"Belligerents use scorched-earth tactics, murder and rape as weapons of war. All these are gross violations of international law. Seven million people need humanitarian assistance in 2018. And things are simply getting worse," he said.

According to the world body, about 4.3 million people have been displaced, including more than 1.76 million who are internally displaced and about 2.5 million in neighboring countries.

Fighting broke out in mid-December 2013 between troops loyal to South Sudan President Salva Kiir and the former first vice president, Riek Machar, killing tens of thousands of people.

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  • 18 May 10:07, by wau nar

    What kind of peace /protection is unmiss are doing in south Sudan rather then fueling the war by taking side some on the Gvt and some on the other side of rebell?. And to you idiots or IGAD why don’t you tell the truth to the rebell even when you know what they are doing is wrong when someone is sack he/she will rebbel against the Gvt. hw do you expect others they ve right to practies.

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    • 19 May 17:27, by Kuch

      Wau Nar,
      The so-called UNIMISS is considered by the criminals in the US, the UK, France & some of their creepy allies in between as their ’protectors of our people & our country’-----UN GOVERNMENT & the so-called WORLD GOVERNMENT project is being SLY implemented here in our country. While our fools are sitting around & waiting for free UN food rations>>>>

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      • 19 May 17:32, by Kuch

        and their gat Riek Machar to be brought back to South Sudan & the Nuers, Ngundeng prophet premonitions are fulfilled. Little do the fools know that their damn villages are going to be occupied their enemies-----the corporate America, the UK, their UN, their NGOs, their cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan, their evil juus, their Arabs of Arabia & their Abeshas of ethiopia>>>>

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        • 19 May 17:38, by Kuch

          And Nuers losers will without their usual Nuer shame will blame the Dinkas/Jaangs & their so-called Jieng council of elders (JCEs). But our Nuers ’ke nyantoc’ & Shilluks cancerous and aimless armed rebellion is not being taken lightly some of these days. The criminals would want to bring the evil white Americans, English people & the cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan again. Good luck to them.

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