UN’ Humanitarian Chief Arrives In Juba

This article was last updated on May 26, 2022

“Ms Amos arrived this morning. She is going to Malakal tomorrow. Today she is going to have meetings with Toby Lanzer, the Humanitarian Coordinator (South Sudan), the UN agencies and NGOs and government officials on Wednesday,” said Michelle Delaney, the Public Information Officer in the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA).

Ms. Amos didn’t give a press statement on her arrival but she is scheduled to speak to the media on Wednesday.

During her three-day visit, Amos is expected to meet concerned actors both Government and humanitarian partners and discuss ways to scale up relief assistance and improve access to communities in need. She will also underscore the importance of ensuring the protection of civilians, and of aid workers.  

Since the violence began in December 2013, more than half a million people have been displaced from their homes, including over 100,000 people who have fled to neighbouring countries including Uganda, Ethiopia and Sudan.

The humanitarian situation in the camps is fast deteriorating as UNICEF reports death of at least 30 children due to measles related illnesses.

“Children have survived violent conflict only to face the risk of dying in appalling conditions — and if we can’t reach them with humanitarian aid, that risk will increase dramatically,” said Dermot Carty deputy director of Emergency Programmes for UNICEF in a press statement.

UN agencies and humanitarian partners have provided more than 250,000 people with life-saving assistance, including an estimated 70,000 people sheltering at UN bases across the country.

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