Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Heads of USAID, UNOCHA and EU International Cooperation demands Call for Action on South Sudan

 As the situation in South Sudan is worsening with first admissions by government officials that the rebel army has taken control of the Mayom county in Unity administration at the border with Sudan (All Africa, 22 April 2014), days ago in Washington DC, USAID’s Administrator Rajiv Shah, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs's Chief Valerie Amos and the European Union (EU) Commissioner for International Cooperation Kristalina Georgieva launched the Call for Action on South Sudan a document highlighting the most pressing priorities that the country needs to address in the following months.

In particular, the heads of the three institutions stressed out the following key points to be immediately faced:
  • First,we call on parties to the conflict to stop fighting.
  • Second, we urge all donors and States to provide the $232 million needed to fund vital aid operations over the next three critical months. Humanitarian workers are on the ground, and with these funds can deliver.  
  • Third we call on the parties to the conflict to respect the people of South Sudan and to abide by international humanitarian law. Parties must end at tacks on civilians and civilian objects, stop the recruitment of child soldiers, and respect medical and civilian humanitarian relief personnel.
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