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Updated On: Sunday, 27 May 2018

Mission to South Sudan

Content by: South-South News

23 April 2017, New York, USA | South-South News — The UN Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Bintou Keita, recently completed a tour of South Sudan to witness first-hand the challenges faced by those displaced by violence.

Speaking at a press conference in Juba on April 19, Keita highlighted the toll that the ongoing conflict is taking on the people of South Sudan.

“I am particularly appalled by the violence this conflict has brought against women and girls in South Sudan,” she said, “The atrocities committed and documented by multiple investigations are beyond the imaginable. I am encouraged though that the government has started to look into the issue and is ready to invest into providing accountability for sexual and gender-based violence.”

She urged the warring parties to adhere to the cessation of hostilities agreement and to participate fully in the peace process. “Think about the country beyond your individual interest. Give peace a chance. Give your children a chance. Every opportunity for peace, every chance to save lives, has to be seized.”

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for South Sudan and the UN top official in the country, David Shearer, highlighted the many ways the United Nations in South Sudan is supporting the peace process, internationally and locally.

“We have provided logistical support to get the national dialogue to the places they need to go to, in other words helicopters and planes,” he said, “We have provided financial support directly to the dialogue. We have provided technical support to bring in the experience of national dialogues across the world. In those ways, we have supported the peace process. It is a critical part of our mission.”

Earlier this week, the Assistant Secretary-General visited the UN protection site at Wau, which offers sanctuary to more than 20,000 people who fled the violence that erupted across South Sudan in 2013.

While they feel safe for now, the internally displaced community live in hope of returning to their homes to live peaceful and more prosperous lives.

During her visit, Keita is scheduled to meet with government officials, civil society and will visit several UN mission Protection of Civilian sites across the country in order to get first-hand information.

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