South Sudan

UN Humanitarian Shocked by South Sudan Civilian Suffering


Ugandan Marathoner Stephen Kiprotich has failed to replicate his 2015 form where he ended second in the Tokyo marathon this time finishing 1 minute and 13 seconds late than his previous timing.

Kiprotich came fourth clocking two hours, information pills 7 minutes and 46 seconds. The time was only twelve  and thirteen seconds behind the second and first runner up respectively.

Ethiopia’s Feyisa Lilesa who clocked 2 hours six minutes and 56 seconds claimed the overall men’s prize while Kenyan duo of Bernard Kipyego (2:07:33) and Dickson Chumba (2:07:34) finished second and third respectively.

Five Kenyans finished in the top ten positions while the natives claimed all poaitions from 10 to 20.

In the women category, again it was the Kenyans who reigned as Helah Kiprop got the course record and a possible share of the $500,000 (UgX 1.6 bn) Abott World Marathon Majors Jackpot.

Selected results.
1. Feyisa Lilesa ETH 2:06:56
2. Bernard Kipyego KEN 2:07:33
3. Dickson Chumba KEN 2:07:34
4. Stephen Kiprotich UGA 2:07:46
5. Abel Kirui KEN 2:08:06

1. Helah Kiprop KEN 2:21:27 CR
2. Amane Gobena ETH 2:21:51
3. Edna Kiplagat KEN 2:22:36
4. Aberu Kebede ETH 2:23:01
5. Birhane Dibaba ETH 2:23:16
The United Nations Assistant Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs, prostate Kyung-wha Kang was deeply horror-struck by the wanton sufferings of the civilians in the strife-torn South Sudan including those at the protection sites.

Ms. Kang who also doubles as the Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator braved and reached the Upper Nile state capital Malakal which is the most affected in the two years bloody internal conflict.

Her immediate shock was the devastation left by the two days deadly fight at the Malakal Protection of Civilian site that claimed the lives of 19 refugees and injured over 80 on the 17th and 18th of this month.

“I am outraged by what I have seen in Malakal, advice ” she said, there noting that civilians who had sought safety at the site have been attacked, killed, traumatized and displaced once more, with the entire site, including medical clinics and schools, completely and systematically burnt down and destroyed.

She appealed for bringing to book the people responsible for the fatal Malakal attack. “Those esponsible for these heinous acts must be held to account,” She said.

Ms. Kang who had traveled with the UN boss Ban Ki-moon also called on all parties to the conflict to protect civilians and grant safe and unhindered humanitarian access.

During her mission, Ms. Kang also met humanitarian partners and the diplomatic community.

The two-year conflict in South Sudan has taken a brutal and deadly toll on civilians. Recently, fighting has spread to new areas, including in Wau and Mundri, and there continue to be reports of people being raped and killed, and of homes and crops being destroyed and damaged by fighting.

Despite the peace agreement, civilians in the country continue to face destitution, destruction, death and devastation, and the humanitarian needs continue to grow, said Ms. Kang, calling for an end to the fighting, the protection of people caught in the middle, and immediate and unhindered access for humanitarian actors to all those in need.

Ms. Kang appealed to the international community to act immediately to avert an even greater tragedy in South Sudan, as humanitarian needs are higher now than ever.

The South Sudan Humanitarian Response Plan for 2016 is currently only 6.5 per cent funded, including the $21 million of Central Emergency Response Fund allocation.


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