National
UN says S.Sudan army, rebels stealing humanitarian aid
Publish Date: Jan 15, 2014
UN says S.Sudan army, rebels stealing humanitarian aid
Government soldiers prepare to deploy from the capital, Juba on January 13, 2013 as fighting continues to rage in south Sudan.AFP PHOTO
  • mail
  • img
newvision

UNITED NATIONS - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday accused South Sudan's army and rebels led by former Vice President Riek Machar of stealing food aid and vehicles used to deliver humanitarian relief as the country teeters on the brink of civil war.

"(Ban) is alarmed by the rising number of fatalities resulting from the continuing fighting in South Sudan, including reports received on 14 January about the deaths of 200 civilians who drowned in the River Nile while fleeing hostilities in Malakal," the U.N. press office said.

A government spokesman said the people died as they took to the river to flee clashes in Malakal, a major transit point and administrative center of Upper Nile state.

"(Ban) strongly condemns the commandeering of humanitarian vehicles and the theft of food stocks and other relief items by both Government and anti-Government forces," Ban's press office said in a statement.

The statement said Ban was also deeply concerned about the rising number of displaced people in South Sudan, which he said surpassed 400,000 this week.

The crisis erupted after South Sudan President Salva Kiir fired Machar and other ministers earlier this year. Machar's rebels are demanding the release of 11 of their political allies jailed after they were accused of attempting a coup.

Fighting that erupted in mid-December has reopened ethnic faultlines. According to one estimate, the conflict may have killed as many as 10,000 people, although there is no official toll for those killed in the desperately poor nation. The United Nations has said that well over 1,000 people have died.

The United States is weighing targeted sanctions against South Sudan due to the failure of leaders in the world's youngest nation to take steps to end a crisis that has brought the country to the brink of civil war, sources briefed on U.S. discussions told Reuters last week.

South Sudan split from Khartoum in 2011 as part of a 2005 U.S.-backed peace deal that ended decades of civil war.
 

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Tinyefuza’s father hospitalized
THE father to exiled former intelligence chief Gen David Sejusa, aka Tinyefuza, Simon Peter Rwajojo, has been hospitalized at Uganda Heart Institute (UHI) –Mulago...
Court rejects petition against VP Ssekandi
THE Constitutional Court has rejected a petition that sought to have vice president Edward Ssekandi removed from office over allegations by his political rival Jude Mbabali...
Gov’t advised to use inclusive development to avoid conflicts
Government has been advised to come up with a comprehensive social development plan to avert future conflicts that may arise in the country....
Judicial, crime investigators trained in cybercrime case management
With the increasing cases of cybercrime in Uganda, officials from the chain of justice institutions have been trained in special computer skills to effectively handle the cases at various levels...
Ruhakana Rugunda new Prime Minister
Reports from State House indicate that health minister Ruhakana Rugunda has been appointed Prime Minister of Uganda. He will replace Amama Mbabazi who has been the premier since after the 2011 general election....
World population may hit 11 billion by 2100
The world population may grow larger than previously estimated, reaching 11 billion people by century''s end, a UN-led analysis says....
Should bride price be made optional?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter