South Sudan

Activists Weigh In On Bor, Bentiu Massacres


order geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>“I am deeply saddened and frustrated by the violence that has ravaged Bentiu and Bor. There is no excuse for direct attacks on civilians, sildenafil or on those risking their own lives to protect them, ” Lanzer said in a statement.

“These events show, yet again, the pointlessness of the violence engulfing South Sudan. The current cycle of revenge will get the people of this country nowhere.”

According to him, it wrecks the present, and casts a dark shadow over what should have been a very bright future.

“I call on the parties to the conflict to immediately cease hostilities and resume meaningful negotiations to find a political solution to their differences.”

He added: “And I call on the wisdom and compassion of all South Sudanese, from all the diverse communities that make up this country, to do whatever they can to put an end to the fighting, before more innocent men, women and children are lost.”

Likewise, other country representatives of key non-governmental organisations, United Nations agencies and donors in South Sudan have united in condemning recent days’ attacks against civilians in Bentiu, Bor, and other parts of the country.

Humanitarian partners are particularly outraged by deliberate and targeted killings of civilians in hospitals, churches, UN peacekeeping bases and other places where people’s rights should be sacrosanct.

However, aid agencies have pledged to continue to “stand with all civilians in South Sudan, whoever they are – in particular with the children, women and elderly people who bear the brunt of this conflict”.

Humanitarian organisations have deployed emergency surgical teams to Bentiu and Bor, boosting the health response to the recent violence, according to a statement released yesterday.

Aid workers also continue to provide food, shelter, water, protection and other essential services, including to civilians sheltering inside UN peacekeeping bases.

Across the country, aid agencies aim to provide life-saving assistance to 3.2 million people, who face increasingly difficult conditions, by June 2014.

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