UN humanitarian chief calls for urgent end to violence in S. Sudan
September 17, 2020 (Thessherald)–The UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, has called for an end to the ongoing cycles of violence in South Sudan.
The UN diplomat made this call during a briefing to the Security Council on the situation in South Sudan, “noting that violence, COVID-19, floods and economic downturn have exacerbated the already dire humanitarian situation.”
The UN humanitarian chief reiterated the need for a political solution to end the violence in parts of South Sudan, and called for safe and unhindered access to vulnerable people, as well as additional funding to help meet rising humanitarian needs.
South Sudan currently faces many challenges since the COVID-19 outbreak, which has pushed millions of people to the brink of starvation.
Earlier this year, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs confirmed that about 7. million people could face a worse humanitarian crisis and that more than 6.5 others could be severely affected at the height of the annual hunger season.
“Despite an extremely challenging environment, humanitarians assisted nearly 5.1 million people across South Sudan in 2020. Pre-positioning humanitarian supplies ahead of the rainy season and distributing double rations have been crucial in mitigating the effects of COVID-19 restrictions.”