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Thursday, 16 January 2014

South Sudan on the brink of civil war

Special EU envoy Alexander Rondos visited South Sudan in December as a violent power struggle has been raging in South Sudan for several week. Catherine Ashton, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy insisted that an immediate ceasefire with effective monitoring established as quickly as possible is essential to spare the people of South Sudan any further suffering.  She appealed to the parties to give full access to all people in the areas under their control to humanitarian workers and observers. She warned all parties that any perpetrators of systematic or targeted abuses of human rights would be held accountable for their actions. The conflict in South Sudan that runs along ethnic lines is at the edge of turning into civil war. It could threaten the entire region.
The United Nations estimates that thousands have already been killed, and has reports of rapes and arbitrary arrests. More than 80,000 people have had to flee the violence. There are some 20,000 people seeking refuge in a UN camp in the capital city of Juba. The camp, where people are living in makeshift tents, is experiencing serious shortages. The only thing in generous supply is fear for the future. "If the situation remains as it is, I won't be able to return to my home," said one of the refugees.

Source: Deutsche Welle and European External Action Service

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