NAIROBI – A coalition of international NGOs called on regional leaders and donors to redouble efforts to push for a lasting peace agreement that can transform the country from destruction to development.
Danish Refugee Council, Norwegian Refugee Council, Adeso, International Rescue Committee, Oxfam, Care International, said that tough decisions must be made to find a lasting solution to end the suffering of the people.
They warned that, if these influential parties don’t do more to urge South Sudan’s warring leaders to address the core drivers of their conflict, aid will remain merely an expensive band-aid solution, and millions more will be pushed into hunger in the coming year.
This conflict has resulted in the suffering of millions of South Sudanese –thousands are believed to have died, 2.5 million are experiencing severe hunger, and a further half a million have fled to neighbouring countries out of fear for their lives.
Oxfam Regional Director Nigel Tricks said that, despite numerous agreements signed by the warring parties under the eyes of regional leaders, south Sudanese leaders on either side failed to know the suffering of their people at the ground.
“Multiple peace agreements and ceasefire promises have been made and subsequently broken in both Addis Ababa and Arusha, while the people of South Sudan continue to suffer. As the fighting continues and leaders fail to reach a lasting commitment for peace, the intervention of regional leaders, donors and other actors becomes ever more urgent,” said Nigel Tricks.
Last week, Oxfam’s South Sudan country Director Zlatko Gegic unveiled a plan to secured at least USD 600 million which is needed before the end of the dry season in April to pre-position stocks before the rains make parts of the country impenetrable.
Meanwhile Danish Refugee Council Regional Director Heather Amstutz urged all the participating groups in the upcoming pledging conference to do more effort to ensure that, those affected by the conflict do no longer continue to suffer.
“As outgoing UN Humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos makes her last visit to South Sudan, we have a rare moment where the world is watching. Those attending the pledging conference must give their fair share to ensure the people affected by conflict in this young nation do not continue to go hungry; that they feel safe enough to return to their homes; that parents can send their children to school,” said Amstutz.
In other hand, the UN Sexual Violence Envoy Zainab Bangura described the violence against women that she witnessed in South Sudan during an October 2014 visit as the worst she had ever seen in her earlier 30th since she began her public life.
The Upper Nile Times