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Kiir’s humanitarian order lauded by UN

By Morris Dogga

The Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan, Alain Noudéhou, has in a statement welcomed the decree issued by President Salva Kiir Mayardit ordering free, unimpeded and unhindered movement of humanitarian organizations in the country.

Last week President Kiir issued a decree, ordering free movement for humanitarian organisations in the country. According to the decree broadcasted on the government owned Television, South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation (SSBC), all roadblocks must be cleared immediately.

It further directed all the levels of the government to assist the humanitarian agencies and their personnel in the delivery of humanitarian aid and services to the needy populations.

The decree also warned that anybody who obstructed the delivery of the humanitarian aid and services or imposed taxes on humanitarian convoys, would be held accountable.

In a statement seen by Juba Monitor Newspaper, Mr. Noudéhou said that ensuring of unhindered humanitarian access was essential to saving lives in the country. “South Sudan’s humanitarian partners appreciate the step that President Kiir has taken to ensure the free movement of supplies and personnel, particularly at a time when food insecurity continues to deteriorate and humanitarian organisations face pressure to expand their response,” he said.

“We hope that the order will have a positive impact in reducing the many constraints faced by humanitarian partners that delay or prevent the provision of urgently needed help and which too often place humanitarian aid workers at risk,” he added.

Last week, the latest Integrated Food Security Phase Classification report released indicated that 4.8 million people were experiencing acute food insecurity, of which 25,000 people were facing catastrophic conditions of food insecurity in two counties; Wau in the former Western Bahr El-Ghazal State and Ayod in Jonglei State.

The government and the three UN agencies that release the report said the conflict had greatly contributed to the worsening humanitarian situation in South Sudan, and warned that next year there would be possibility of a famine if the conflict did not end urgently.

The humanitarian coordinator said they were looking forward  to seeing the order implemented on the ground swiftly, adding that they would continue to work with the concerned authorities to ensure a safe and secure operational environment that was conducive for the timely delivery of humanitarian assistance to the people in need.

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