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UNMISS Appeals for Ceasefire Amidst Escalating Violence in South Sudan

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Olalekan Adigun
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UNMISS Appeals for Ceasefire Amidst Escalating Violence in South Sudan

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has demanded an immediate halt to the hostilities in the Kai Gai region, located in Leer County of Unity State, South Sudan. This appeal is based on the recent flare-ups of violence in the area, raising alarms about the safety and well-being of the local residents.

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A Sensitive Hotspot

Unity State has been a hotbed for conflict in South Sudan, a country that has been at the mercy of civil war since 2013. The nation's volatile environment is characterized by continuous combat between varying factions and ethnic groups, often leading to civilian casualties and massive displacement.

UNMISS: A Beacon of Hope

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UNMISS carries a mandate that includes the safeguarding of civilians, monitoring human rights, and backing the implementation of the peace process. The call for a ceasefire is a part of the mission's wider efforts to stabilize the region and facilitate humanitarian aid to those distressed by the violence.

Escaping the War Zone

Reports of attacks on Nov. 28 by pro-government forces and armed youth against a base operated by the Sudan People's Liberation Army in Opposition (SPLM-IO) have come to light. In the wake of these attacks, thousands of civilians have fled the affected areas, seeking refuge in Leer town. Nicholas Haysom, the special representative of the UN Secretary-General and head of UNMISS, expressed his apprehension, stating that the ongoing fighting could disrupt the implementation of the peace agreement and exacerbate the existing humanitarian crisis in the country.

Peace on the Horizon?

UNMISS has urged all parties to take immediate measures to de-escalate hostilities and adopt peaceful means to resolve disputes. South Sudan plunged into civil war shortly after gaining independence due to political disagreement between President Salva Kiir and his then-deputy Riek Machar, resulting in approximately 400,000 deaths, as per the UN. Kiir, Machar, and other political leaders signed a peace agreement in 2018 that effectively ended the war. As the transitional period draws to a close, South Sudan is slated to conduct a general election in December 2024.

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