Armed Youths Advance to South Sudan’s Jonglei State Capital

December 30, 2013 7:08 am0 comments by:
Civilians fleeing to UN compound. Photo: UNMISS

Civilians fleeing to UN compound. Photo: UNMISS

Juba-A large number of armed youth are reported to be advancing towards Jonglei the State capital of Bor.

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan-UNMISS reports that the group has been moving across the state for some time now, with a possible intention of attacking other communities.

“UNMISS has been tracking reports of the movement of armed youths for several days but cannot independently confirm the size or location of these groupings. The Mission is conducting an aerial reconnaissance flight over Jonglei today to get a clearer idea of the numbers of armed youths and the direction in which they are headed”. Reads a press statement issued on Sunday.

UNMISS notes that the involvement of these armed youths in the ongoing violence would add a volatile and unpredictable ingredient into the precarious security situation currently prevailing in the country, and place the lives of unarmed civilians at even greater risk.

“South Sudan does not need another escalation of the crisis involving armed youth, pitching communities against communities. This can end in a vicious cycle of violence,” said the Special Representative of the Secretary General, Hilde F. Johnson.

The Special Representative has been in contact with a number of political and community leaders, calling for their engagement.

The report comes at a time when the warring parties in South Sudan have agreed on unconditional ceasefire to pave way for talks.

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