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Nearly 200,000 civilians still seeking safety in PoCs: UNMISS


October 14, 2019 (JUBA) – At least 194,954 civilians are currently seeking safety in six Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites located on United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) bases, the UN said.

A view of the Protection of Civilians (POC) site near Bentiu, in Unity State, South Sudan (Photo UN/JC McIlwaine)

The total figure, according to the latest update from UNMISS, include 115,960 in Bentiu, 32,608 in Malakal, 29,745 in Juba UN House, 1,935 in Bor, and 14,706 in the area adjacent to UNMISS in Wau.

Speaking to reporters in Juba last week, David Shearer, the head of UNMISS said the mission drafted a report together with the humanitarian community in the South Sudan about the future of PoC sites that the Secretary General submitted to the Security Council.

“It is a complex issue. These sites were set up as a last resort to physically protect people in immediate fear for their lives,” he said.

About 20,000 people, Shearer said, have voluntarily left the PoC sites since South Sudan’s revitalized peace accord was signed last year.

“Many left of their own accord while others have asked for assistance from humanitarian agencies and UNMISS,” he stressed.

The senior UN official, however, said it is the primary responsibility of the South Sudanese government to establish the conditions needed for displaced families to return safely and live with dignity.

“In particular, the government needs to do more to find land for people who want to leave PoC sites,” he told reporters in Juba.

Shearer also assured that UNMISS would continue to physically protect people in the PoC sites until they feel ready to leave, emphasizing plans by the world body to step up the deployment of peacekeepers to remote communities to protect the returnees.

He said the change in approach will depend very much on the continued commitment of the parties to implement the peace deal.

“But we should remember that, if there is durable peace with a transitional government established, the need for PoC sites will no longer exist,” said Shearer.

South Sudan descended into war in mid-December 2013 when President Salva Kiir accused his former deputy-turned rebel leader Riek Machar for plotting a coup.

In September 2018, the rival factions involved in the South Sudanese conflict signed a peace deal to end the conflict that has killed tens of thousands of people and displaced over 2 million people in the country.


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  • 15 October 2019 11:15, by Midit Mitot

    David shearer is right,

    Juba government need to secure a very strategics piece of land for those vulnerable people and their original houses which were voluntarily occupied by Mathiang Anyoor need to be secured back to them.

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    • 16 October 2019 01:31, by The Rhino

      Midit Mitot,

      People like you are worthless, but their are indeed true nobel Nuer individuals I respect till this very day who never easily run to Dinka bastards for only a single bowl of meal.You nyagats with your insatiable appetite for food is a disaster.Dinka massacred innocent Nuer in Juba 2013,but still you ke nyan toks keep chasing food with high speed as if its disappearing tomorrow.What..

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      • 16 October 2019 01:45, by The Rhino

        Midit Mitot,

        ..the fuck is your problem?We the KARO people will look into It that with time,we’ll guarantee to set the records straight,that is,.one after the other,we’ll liberate and free every single oppressed tribe in South Sudan under Dinka tyranny.The clock is ticking!!!

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        • 16 October 2019 07:37, by Midit Mitot

          The Rhino,

          Psychopath man, you don,t understand thing like human being, what are you @yaah idiot Nyam-nyam? there is time for war, peace and everything even Bible said,

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          • 16 October 2019 08:06, by Midit Mitot

            The Rhino,

            Insanity human being, make sure that Equatorians war without support from others (we IO) is a nightmare, you alone can not manage.

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            • 16 October 2019 19:54, by jubaone

              All PoCs in Juba must be closed down and all IDPS repartriated to their ancestral lands, similar thing to be done for all other PoCs. Bentiu has over 100,000 IDPS in the PoCs. Who are they? They have to go back home.

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        • 16 October 2019 15:32, by james john luka

          You are not a true equatorian but a bastard who like fight a verbal war at bars and at tea shops but not at battle fields. Deken lu ...!!

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