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UN recounts 35 humanitarian incidents in South Sudan in January this year

NAIROBI, Kenya ––The United Nations say about 35 incidents affecting aid operations were conveyed in South Sudan in January this year with the most violent conflict taking in Ulang, in the Upper Nile region of the country.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said, about 23 percent of those incidents involved violence against humanitarian personnel and assets.  This, the global humanitarian and political organization say represents a reduction in violent incidents as compared to the 2018 monthly average of 52 percent in the same country.

“Bureaucratic impediments, on the other hand, nearly tripled from the 2018 monthly average of 12 percent. They accounted for 31 percent of all incidents in January and included substantial delays and blockages related to importation, fees at check-points and staff taxation,” said the UN agency in its latest report.

According to the report, 11 incidents (31 percent) were significant in severity, including the detention and relocation of staff, commandeering of vehicles and convoy blockages.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said the deterioration in security in Central Equatoria was primarily due to continued strong fighting.  Adding, this atmosphere adversely wedged on humanitarian movement and Ebola alertness in areas such as Otogo, Morobo, and Mukaya counties. fffffffffffffff

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Jacob Ujamaa Nyerere

Jacob Ujamaa Nyerere is a public affairs researcher and senior investigative correspondent.
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