Humanitarian access still hampered despite ceasefire pact

UN Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan, Alain Noudehou (File photo)

UN Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan, Alain Noudehou (File photo)

July 16th 2018 (Nyamilepedia) – The humanitarian access in South Sudan for aid workers and humanitarians seeking to reach civilians in remote areas in South Sudan is still hampered despite a ceasefire agreement last month in Khartoum, said a join UN team.
South Sudan’s President Kiir, Opposition leader Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon signed a permanent ceasefire agreement last month in the Sudanese capital Khartoum which also includes the opening of humanitarian corridors and the silencing of the gun among others.
Early this month, a joint high-level delegation of the United Nations Agencies and partners let by the UN Humanitarian Coordinator, Alain Noudehou, went to Tambura in the Western Equatoria region to access the humanitarian situation in the area.
According to previous humanitarian reports, around 18,500 people have been displaced as the fighting escalates in the Equatoria region.
Speaking after the return from the deep Equatoria town, the Humanitarian Coordinator said the humanitarian community is concerned about the hampered access of its members who wish to reach more vulnerable South Sudanese citizens in need of such aides.
“The humanitarian community in South Sudan has serious concerns about the deteriorating situation in Tambura and general operating environment for humanitarians in the Greater Equatoria region,” Alain said.
The urges all parties to give free access to the humanitarian agencies to all areas of South Sudan saying the safety of the aide workers is paramount to the world body.
“I strongly urge all parties to the conflict to ensure that humanitarian agencies are given free, safe and unhindered access to all areas of South Sudan, and that their safety while traveling along the roads is made a priority. The safety and security of aid workers is paramount in order to deliver critical assistance and services to people in need,” said Alain Noudehou.