UN Under-Secretary General For Humanitarian Affairs Pays A Visit To Wau, South Sudan

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The UN Under-secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen R. O’Brien today paid a visit to Wau State to assess the humanitarian situation on the ground.
United Nation Under Secretary General for the Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relieve Coordinator Chief Stephen O’Brien [File Photo]

By James Deng Dimo

WAU 02 August 2016 [Gurtong] – The visit comes a month after violence erupted in Wau town forcing thousands of civilians to flee to the UN camp, schools and churches for protection.

O’Brien was accompanied by a high profile of UN agencies operating in the Country and was received by the state governor Andrea Mayar Acho in his office.

While briefing the Governor about his visit, O’Brien urged the State government to provide security, protection and free access to humanitarian agencies in order to deliver aid to the affected people.

“We are here to sit with our partners and to provide those in need and to discuss with you the opportunities on access and protection safety to those concerned,” said O’Brien.

“We know very well that it is very tough to deal with such circumstances in this country and this is why we are sharing this with you these opportunities we have about the access, protection and the safety of the concerned,” he said.

“Of cost whenever you have people who have been subjected to save lives, we must always do whatever we can to protect civilians and to make sure that they are provided lifesaving and protection that they need and that is why am here with my partners to support them,” he added.

On his part, the State Governor, Andrea Mayar Acho assured O’Brien of his government’s commitment to provide free humanitarian access to the UN agencies and called for more support to the affected population.

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