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UN mission issues security alert for staff in South Sudan

UN envoy and head of UNMISS, David Shearer, meeting President Salva Kiir Mayardiit at state house in Juba on Tuesday, 12 February 2019 (File/Supplied/Nyamilepedia)

November 5th 2019 (Nyamilepedia) – The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has issued a security alert for its staff ahead of November 12th deadline in which South Sudan parties to the revitalized peace agreement are expected to form a unity government.

The UNMISS said “Staff are advised to move with their work IDs while on duty.”

All NGOs staff are advised to stock enough food capable to feed for 10 days and water as we are closing to 12th November which is likely to witnessed political tension. Be alert and follow media update, monitor UNMISS radio channel 15 for update.”

The mission said the world body will deploy forces in some areas inside Juba and other vital installations such as “UNHCR Compound in Hai Amarat, OCHA compound in Seventh day, IOM compound in new site, UNICEF compound in Hai Amarat, WFP in Jebel, UNDP in Hai Amarat, White Nile resident in Hai Amarat, UN House, UNHAS, Airport.”

It added that other priorities for the world mission would be “Juba Teaching hospital, Rejaf water station, Juba airport, Juba Bridge, City water center, WFP water point, Fire service center, Juba Port South Sudan Radio, South Sudan broadcasting.”

These are location where possible UN protection forces will be able to extract staff to safer zones. Those without IDs are likely to face challenges. It should also be noted that, UN clearly informed NGO Forum that, during crisis they might not guarantee full protection to extract staff from NGO Residents and NGOs must come up with their contingency plans to help their staff if caught up while in the office.”

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