As fighting continues around the border areas of Sudan and the soon-to-be independent Republic of South Sudan, international aid organization Oxfam called upon all parties to cease hostilities and allow humanitarian access to affected civilians.
South Sudan is facing its most violent year since the end of the civil war in 2005, international agency Oxfam warned today, and it urged the UN Security Council, as it visits the region, to ensure that civilians are better protected.
Over the past few months, thousands of southerners have returned from the north of Sudan. Oxfam's emergency response team in Sudan, with funding from ECHO, has been providing clean water, building latrines and running health campaigns to stop diseases spreading.
Southern Sudan will face enormous challenges and will need long-term support from the rest of the world regardless of the outcome of this week’s referendum. The vote could create the world’s newest country, which would also be home to some of the world’s poorest people.
The international community needs to act to prevent another Christmas massacre and the almost daily killing sprees by the most brutal and long-running rebel group in Africa said aid agencies in a new report released today.
The UN Security Council’s visit to Sudan must focus on helping to resolve key outstanding issues and protect civilians from harm ahead of the referendum on southern independence, international agency Oxfam said today.