IGAD Heads Of State To Discuss South Sudan Crisis In Juba

This article was last updated on May 26, 2022

The Heads of State of the IGAD countries are expected to attend the summit including Sudan President Omar Hassan Al Bashir.

“The key agenda of course is to do with the negotiations in Addis Ababa, issue to do with the detainees and,” Amb. Mayen Makol, the Spokesman in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Tuesday.

For three weeks now, South Sudan government and rebels have failed to strike a peaceful deal to end the current turmoil in the country.

There has been killings and massive destructions in several parts of the country since December 15 when government accused ex Vice President Riek Machar and several other politicians of masterminding a coup.

Since the outbreak of the violence, the IGAD intervene to broker peaceful talks between the two warring parties though there is no breakthrough yet.

So far the United Nations reports that over half a million people have fled their homes, including 494,000 people displaced inside South Sudan and 86,100 in neighbouring countries.

The report confirmed that, some 67,400 people are sheltered in UN bases.

In Juba, up to 80 per cent of displaced people in the UN bases are women and children.

Aid agencies have so far assisted over 212,000 people, with new response activities set to begin in Lankien, Jonglei State and Nimule, Eastern Equatoria State.

Though over half of the 200,000 children targeted for vaccination against measles have been reached since 15 December, the disease remains a major health risk in Bor, Juba, and Malakal.

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