UN moves to contain communal clashes in South Sudan 


The United Nations mission in South Sudan says it has redeployed some of its troops to Aloor county to deter further violence between communities in the region 

The UNMISS Force Commander and the Head of the Mission’s Field Office in Rumbek along with human rights and civil affairs staff also travelled to Maper yesterday to assess the security situation.  

According to the UN, no fewer than 77 people have lost their lives and at least 100 people have been injured in a series of communal clashes and attacks between the Gak and Manuer communities, about 100 kilometres north of Rumbek. 

“This fighting must stop,” the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of UNMISS, David Shearer said.  

“We are urging the communities involved and their leaders to put an end to the violence and to come together in reconciliation and peace for the good of their people, he added. 

The initial attempt of the UNMISS to deploy its troops to Maper by road was disrupted due to damage caused by heavy rains left the main route impassable.  

The Mission transported the peacekeepers into the area via helicopters.  

The troops will continue to patrol the area in the coming weeks to provide a protective presence. 

Despite the end of political violence in South Sudan since the signing of the revitalized peace agreement in September 2018, inter-communal clashes continue with the two sides looting each other’s property and stealing cattle. 

The civil war erupted in South Sudan six years ago.  

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