UN decries water shortage in base in S. Sudan

UN decries water shortage in base in S. Sudan
# 23 April 2014 03:23 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. The UN children's fund, UNCIEF, on Tuesday decried water shortages for refugees who fled ethnic violence in Bentiu last week, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

UNICEF's Representative in South Sudan, Jonathan Veitch said people are receiving one liter of safe drinking water per day in the overcrowded UN base.

"Children have endured unspeakable violence, they must not continue to suffer in places that should provide safety," said Veitch in a statement issued in Nairobi.

UNICEF said more than 10,000 people arrived last week, taking the population of the UN Mission's Protection of Civilians site to about 23,000.

The statement comes as the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has postponed by another week to April 28 the second round of peace talks, which aimed at ending conflict in South Sudan that has lasted more than four months.

"The resumption of Phase II of IGAD-led South Sudan peace talks has been rescheduled for April 28 to allow for further consultations," IGAD said in a statement received in Nairobi.

The UN agency said the unrest has continued during the rainy season, putting stress on the emergency response.

He said trucks bringing fresh water every day to the camp are facing uncertain security situation and frequently get stuck on roads muddied by heavy rains.

"UNICEF continues to call on those in positions of command and leadership to keep children out of harm's way, and to ensure safe access for humanitarian work," said the statement.

More than one million people have been displaced by the conflict in South Sudan.

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