UN expresses concerns as humanitarian crisis continues to worsen in South Sudan

Eurasia News

UNITED NATIONS: The humanitarian crisis continues to deteriorate in South Sudan, prompting the 193-member world body to express concerns about the growing number of displaced people in the African country, Dispatch News Desk reported on Monday.

In a statement, the United Nations mission in South Sudan said that since the clashes broke out in South Sudan on December 15, about 180,000 people have been displaced in the country and more than 1,000 people have been killed.

Up to 75,000 refugees have been sheltered in the UN bases in Juba, Bor, Bentiu, Malakal and Pariang, the United Nations said.

Moreover, the aid agencies also warned about the separation of thousands of children from their parents as a result of the violence.

The fighting broke out in South Sudan after the president Salva Kiir accused a group of disgruntled soldiers and politicians led by a former deputy president Riek Machar of attempting to overthrow the government in the capital Juba.

On December 24, the 15-member UN Security Council unanimously authorized a plan by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to boost the strength of the UN mission in South Sudan to 12‚500 troops and 1‚323 police.