Impact of the war on civilian ‘deeply disheartening’: JMEC
July 17th 2018 (Nyamilepedia) – The continuous killings of civilians, sexual violence against women, the displacement of children, the elderly and disabled persons in South Sudan are deeply disheartening, the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) has said in a statement on Monday.
According to a audio message obtained by the Nyamilepedia, the JMEC deputy chairperson Augostino Njoroge deplored the current situation imposed on the civil population by the war.
“The impact of the war on the civilian population is deeply disheartening. We in the JMEC, particularly deeply regret the killing of civilians, sexual violence against women, the displacement of children, the elderly and disabled persons,” he said.
He said the ongoing political and security breakdown in the young African nation has inflicted an unprecedented displacement for the Africa’s largest refugee crisis since its recent history.
“Today, we are still being confronted by increased hostilities among the different Parties and flagrant violations of the permanent ceasefire. The continuous deteriorating political, security, humanitarian and economic situation in the country have caused unprecedented displacement, famine and economic meltdown,” he further said.
He said the body condemn any act that is directed against civilians as per the UN report on the killing of civilians by the army in Southern Unity between May and April this year.
“We strongly condemn any acts of violence on civilian population and remind the parties to respect the spirit and fully commit to the letter and spirit of Cessation of Hostilities Agreement, signed by all Parties to the conflict in December last year,” he said.