Oxfam “gravely” dismayed at unfolding humanitarian crisis in South Sudan

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October 3rd 2018 (Nyamilepedia) – The United Kingdom based Oxfam said it is increasingly alarmed at the unfolding humanitarian situation exacerbated by continued hostilities between South Sudan’s conflicting parties despite the ongoing peace process.   

“A deadly five-year old civil war in South Sudan has brought the country to its knees, pushing nearly 6.1 million people to the brink of catastrophic levels of suffering,” said Oxfam’s country Director in South Sudan Ranjan Poudyal in a statement seen by Nyamilepedia.

Ranjan Poudyal’s remarks came in the wake of the recent release of the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) report for South Sudan, announced by the World Food Programme, UN Children’s Fund, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

“Almost five years of devastating conflict has brought South Sudan to its knees and left more people in more parts of the country suffering catastrophic levels of hunger,” said Poudyal.

The charitable organization whose missions focus on mitigation and reduction of global poverty noted that the signing of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolutions of Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS), raised a glimmer of hope among the people, but it took a dim view of retaliatory attacks between South Sudan’s rival forces, saying it’s worrying.  

“The recent peace agreement brought hope to many, but the reports of sporadic fighting since then are extremely worrying,” he added.

In a bid to end the civil war that has displaced millions of people to the neighboring countries, the charitable organization called for full adherence to the ceasefire, adding that the international community will hold to account those who are deemed to be responsible for truce violations.

“To end the suffering and give people a genuine chance of improving their lives, lasting peace must hold in every part of the country. All parties to the conflict must commit completely to the ceasefire and those who break it must be held urgently and effectively to account,” he added.