South Sudan

Activists Decry S.Sudan Mass Murders


diagnosis sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>In a statement dated April 26, the bodies expressed concern over the violence that took place on April 17, at the UN peacekeeping base in Bor and from April 15-18 in the town of Bentiu.

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“Widespread violence against civilians has reportedly been committed since December 2013, but recent events display a serious deepening of the conflict and callous disregard for civilians life and international humanitarian law,” reads the statement in parts.

“So far, an estimated 1 million people have been forced from their homes; of these over 90,000 people are sheltering in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) bases across the country.”

They have noted that thousands of people have fled to the UN peacekeeping base in Bentui for fear of reprisal attacks in the past week; many areas outside the main towns remain inaccessible due to security conditions, and it is feared that the number of people affected by the violence and in need of humanitarian assistance could be significantly higher.

“It is estimated that 3.2 million are at risk of extreme food insecurity, a number that will only rise in coming months.”

These 24 International and South Sudanese civil societies have call upon all armed actors to uphold their responsibilities under international humanitarian and human rights law, refrain from targeting civilians, respect the sanctity of civilian spaces, and permit immediate and unconditional humanitarian access to civilians in areas they control.

They further maintained that the conflict in the country can only end when all parties to the conflict immediately commit to respecting the cessation of hostilities agreement without exception, resume genuine talks in Addis Ababa and work towards a negotiated, inclusive political settlement.


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