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Violence Impacting South Sudan Soars by 35% – UN

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The United Nations has reported a significant increase in violence impacting South Sudan, with a staggering 35% rise in the number of individuals affected during the last three months of 2023.

UNMISS (United Nations Mission in South Sudan) documented a total of 233 violent incidents, impacting 862 people. Shockingly, this escalation resulted in 406 fatalities, 293 injuries, 100 abductions, and 63 cases of conflict-related sexual violence, as disclosed in a report released on Monday.

This surge in casualties marks a concerning uptick compared to the preceding quarter.

With South Sudan gearing up for upcoming elections, the first since the 2018 peace deal between President Salva Kiir and former rival Riek Machar, tensions fueled by ethnic strife and resource disputes, particularly in the oil-rich Abyei region, have intensified violence across the nation.

Nicholas Haysom, the head of UNMISS, reiterated the organization’s unwavering commitment to quelling violence and fostering peace in affected regions. He urged the South Sudanese government to address underlying grievances and facilitate peace-building efforts.

UNMISS reported conducting over 10,000 peacekeeping patrols by land, air, and sea over the past year.

Furthermore, South Sudan continues to grapple with a myriad of challenges, including droughts, floods, and economic instability, exacerbating the humanitarian crisis in the region. The World Food Program (WFP) underscored the severity of the ongoing crisis, attributing it to a combination of factors, including violence, climate change, economic instability, and an influx of refugees fleeing neighboring Sudan.”