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Relief Aid to South Sudan IDP's

Norwegian People's Aid Secretary General visits IDPs and calls for continued dialogue on the situation in South Sudan

The Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) Secretary General, Liv Torres, visited the South Sudanese people who have sought refuge at the UNMISS (United Nations Mission In South Sudan) camp in Juba today, and participated in the distribution of relief food to the internally displaced people.

-It’s tragic to see the people of South Sudan becoming refugees in the country again. It’s sad to see sisters and brothers fighting each other and the drastic consequences this has for the people, Liv said.

Liv called for continued dialogue and appealed to the parties involved in the conflict to respect the cessation of hostilities agreement.

-It is of crucial importance that all parties now respect the Cessation of Hostilities agreement. The international community must emphasize, pressure and support the parties in doing so. In addition, it is important that we in the international community keep underlining the need for dialogue and reconciliation among the parties. In spite of differences, conflicts, anger and bitterness, they now have to choose dialogue and not weapons. They committed themselves to dialogue and reconciliation in the Addis agreements and we need to give them all possible support in going down that path, Liv said.

She also commended the World Food Programme (WFP) for their crucial role in coordinating the relief efforts in South Sudan.

-We are very happy about the collaboration we have with WFP and have started handing out food to people living in a very difficult situation. We have also agreed with WFP to extend our efforts to hard hit areas in Lakes, Jonglei and Upper Nile State in the coming days, Liv concluded.

31.01.2014 | Tamama Norbert