UN Chief Arrives In Juba

This article was last updated on May 26, 2022

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From the onset of the current internal armed conflict pitting loyalists of President Salva Kiir against those of his former deputy Dr Riek Machar, Mr. Ki-moon repeatedly called on the two leaders to find a political solution and immediately end the violence which has led to the suffering of so many innocent civilians. 

The Secretary-General according to a press statement from the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) will meet with President Kiir, visit his Special Representative and Head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), Ms. Hilde F. Johnson and the protection of civilians site (PoC) in the UNMISS Tomping compound. 

“He will meet with the community leaders representing the thousands of civilians who have sought shelter in the United Nations compound to hear of their concerns first hand,” the press statement partly reads.

The UN Chief is also expected to meet with civil society leaders, especially from women’s and religious groups as well as UN staff and peacekeepers and thank them for their dedication and service in protecting thousands of South Sudanese civilians who are at risk during the on-going crisis.

Since the crisis broke out late last year, thousands of people have been killed, over a million people displaced and UNMISS PoCs across the country have become homes to thousands of citizens who feel threatened to live in their own homes.

Ki-moon’s visit just days after that of US Secretary of State John Kerry is expected to push the two warring parties and their leaders to immediately settle their differences so that the much needed peace can prevail again after more than four months of bloodshed.

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