Horrows of civil war in South Sudan

Written by  Aljazeera

South Sudan has been gripped with horrow as violence against children women and vulnerable groups incluiding aid workers has reached unprecedented levels as fighting between political rivals shows no sign of ending.

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The mood of despair was evident in his words as the UN under-secretary for humanitarian affairs wrapped up a two-day visit to South Sudan.
"Ordinary people are suffering on an unimaginable scale. The peace process has so far produced nothing. The cessation of hostilities is a fiction. The economy has collapsed," Mark Lowcock said in the capital, Juba, on Wednesday.


"Belligerents use scorched-earth tactics, murder and rape as weapons of war. All these are gross violations of international law. Seven million people need humanitarian assistance in 2018. And things are simply getting worse."

 

Five years of civil war in South Sudan have resulted in a humanitarian crisis affecting seven million people - that is, more than half of the country's population - and left them in dire need of aid to survive.
Nancy Maring fled her hometown of Lainya three months ago due to fighting between government and opposition forces.
"The fighting is bad. They burn houses, they kill people," she told Al Jazeera from Yei River state, to which she has fled for safety and aid.
"We ran away and now we are displaced."


Yei River state was once the breadbasket of South Sudan. Nearly all who lived here farmed for a living.
But fighting in Juba in 2016 has gradually spread to the Equatoria region where Yei River state is located, displacing civilians and making it hard for them to access their farms.
More than four million people have been forced from their homes since fighting began in December 2013.


The war started when the country's president, Salva Kiir, implicated his former vice president, Riek Machar, in a coup attempt and resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands of civilians.
More than two million South Sudanese have since settled as refugees in neighbouring countries, while the rest remained internally displaced, relying on aid to survive.
"The situation in humanitarian terms, across the whole of South Sudan, is terrible. It's atrocious," Lowcock told Al Jazeera in Mundu, situated in a part of Yei River state that is controlled by Machar's forces.


"It's getting worse and worse as time passes and the reason is the war. The men with guns have put the people of this country to their knees and it needs to stop."
As the political rivals try to talk and settle their disputes thousands of miles away in Addis Ababa, South Sudanese in the country continue to suffer from the consequences of the war.

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