UN commits to aid support amidst challenges
The United Nations has vowed to overcome the unfavourable work environment in parts of South Sudan to continue delivering humanitarian services to needy people.
The Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Cong Guang, made the promise during the 76th anniversary of the UN Day celebration held at Nyakuroon Cultural Centre in Juba on Friday.
“UN humanitarian agencies are providing life-saving support to the communities as well as to vulnerable people across the country… the humanitarian situation can only be described as dire with more than 8 million people in need,” said Dr Guang.
Since the onset of the December 2013 conflict, humanitarian agencies have continued to face hardship in delivering relief to thousands of displaced persons in South Sudan with no alternative sources of livelihood.
And, as of the beginning of the year, four aid workers have been killed in the course of delivering assistance to people, while security threats have forced hundreds of others to relocate from the greater Upper Nile region, Kapoeta, Pibor Administrative Area and Tombura County.
However, according to Dr Guang, the United Nations fraternity remains committed to supporting the vulnerable populations amidst all the challenges. The aim is to build peace and support the recovery of the country.
“Primary responsibility of protecting civilians lies with state and national government, but UNMISS is doing what it can within its capability to help prevent violence, restore security and build peace particularly in conflict areas such as Tonj and Tombura,” said Guang.
The Vice President for Gender Cluster, Rebecca Nyandeng commended the UN agencies and promised the government’s support to the work of UN agencies in delivering aids to needy people in the country.
“You have talked about the loss of lives of humanitarian workers, some of them are our nationals…
“In 2013 things went south and wrong in our country and for that thing to be repaired, it does not work overnight [work]; it is a process. You have been patient with us,” Vice President Nyandeng said.
She added: “We are happy today. On behalf of my president, I am bringing the message to the UN community that we are ready to open a new page with you. We want your support”.