South Sudan

South Sudan Gov’t Expels Norwegian Refugee Council Boss

The government of South Sudan has summarily expelled the Norwegian Refugee Council Country Director, see Victor Moses.
The refugee body released a statement from its headquarters in the Norwegian capital Oslo, saying it’s deeply concerned by the ejection of its top boss from the country where it has been operating since  independence from Khartoum in 2011.
“On Friday, December 9th NRC’s South Sudan Country Director was asked to leave South Sudan after having been detained by National Security for more than 24 hours. NRC is deeply concerned about the expulsion of the Country Director of NRC South Sudan,” part of the statement released by the NRC Secretary General, Jan Egeland read.
Government has previously accused foreign humanitarian agencies of supporting subversive elements and damaging South Sudan’s image.
Mr. Victor Moses was arrested on Thursday this week by the South Sudan’s National Security Services agents.
He was detained at the security agency’s headquarters in the capital Juba’s suburb of Jebel.
The NRC Secretary General warned that the expulsion of their Country Director is a hindrance to the entire humanitarian assistance for civilians in the war torn nation.
2 million are internally displaced while 1 million fled to the neighboring countries and over 4 million of the 13m population are facing serious hunger.
“The expulsion of our Country Director is a serious setback to our humanitarian work for civilians in dire need of support. The government should prioritize to bring an end to the violence that has displaced more than 3 million of its citizens.”
The NRC also called on the Government of South Sudan to reverse its decision and to cooperate fully with all international organizations working on behalf of her citizens and to ensure a conducive environment for delivering timely, principled and quality humanitarian assistance to the people suffering.
Norway is the biggest donor to South Sudan after the United States and the United Kingdom.


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