News / Africa

    South Sudan: UN, Aid Agencies Pull Out of Maban County

    A UN peacekeeper stands guard at the UNMISS compound in Malakal, Upper Nile state. UNMISS has sent 120 peacekeepers to protect the airstrip near Bunj in Upper Nile's Maban County to facilitate the evacuation of aid workers.
    A UN peacekeeper stands guard at the UNMISS compound in Malakal, Upper Nile state. UNMISS has sent 120 peacekeepers to protect the airstrip near Bunj in Upper Nile's Maban County to facilitate the evacuation of aid workers.

    The United Nations and international aid agencies have begun pulling staff out of Maban County in Upper Nile State where a local militia is accused of the killing at least six aid workers this week.

    Acting U.N. Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) spokesman Joseph Contreras said 220 workers were evacuated from the county on Wednesday.

    “The decision reflects deepening concern about the security situation in Maban County," he said. A militia group that calls itself the Mabanese Defense Force has been accused of killing several aid workers in or near the town of Bunj in Maban County, apparently targeting them because of their ethnicity. 

    The killings appear to be in revenge for losses the militia suffered in late July clashes with Nuer soldiers who defected from the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA).

    Killings 'may be war crimes'

    U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and the president of the U.N. Security Council, Mark Lyall Grant, have condemned the killings. Lyall Grant said the attacks on civilians and humanitarian personnel "may constitute war crimes."

    Most of the agencies withdrawing from Maban have been providing food and shelter to more than 270,000 refugees who fled fighting in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states in Sudan, Contreras said.

    He says the aid agencies also run feeding and nutritional programs and provide non-food items including blankets to the refugees.

    Contreras said UNMISS sent 120 peacekeepers to protect the local airstrip to facilitate the evacuation of aid workers and the SPLA has sent reinforcements from barracks in the town of Melut to "restore order."


    You May Like

    Republicans Struggle With Reality of Trump Nomination

    Despite calls for unity by presumptive presidential nominee, analysts see inevitable fragmentation of party ahead of November election and beyond

    Spanish Warrants Point to Russian Govt. Links to Organized Crime

    Links to several Russians, some of them reputedly close Putin associates, backed by ‘very strong evidence,’ Spanish judge says

    Video US Worried Political Chaos in Iraq Will Hurt IS Fight

    Iraq needs stable, central government to push back against Islamic State, US says, but others warn that Baghdad may not have unified front any time soon

    This forum has been closed.
    Comment Sorting
    by: Kuch from: Bor
    August 08, 2014 4:37 AM
    The aid organisations have found their El Dorada in South Sudan, take it or live it.

    Organisations with questionable records were just let into the country and now, they want to make South Sudan their new Eastern Congo, but that will be a tall order.

    South Sudanese people are not cowards and are fans of the trashes who come from the US, the UK and some vermin other countries.

    But a damage was done right after independence from the cloned arab North, buy some lowly intelligent South Sudan's leaders.

    Now some ambitious criminals in the UN consider South Sudan as their so-called NEW WORLD ORDER experiment; but South Sudanese people are not for the US, UN or UK intrigues.

    Which country has ever been visited by that evil organisation called UNSC?

    Let them play their evil game, but South Sudanese are well armed for these criminals.

    By the Numbers

    Featured Videos

    Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
    Press Freedom in Myanmar Fragile, Limitedi
    Katie Arnold
    May 04, 2016 12:31 PM
    As Myanmar begins a new era with a democratically elected government, many issues of the past confront the new leadership. Among them is press freedom in a country where journalists have been routinely harassed or jailed.

    Video Press Freedom in Myanmar Fragile, Limited

    As Myanmar begins a new era with a democratically elected government, many issues of the past confront the new leadership. Among them is press freedom in a country where journalists have been routinely harassed or jailed.

    Video Taliban Threats Force Messi Fan to Leave Afghanistan

    A young Afghan boy, who recently received autographed shirts and a football from his soccer hero Lionel Messi, has fled his country due to safety concerns. He and his family are now taking refuge in neighboring Pakistan. VOA's Ayaz Gul reports from Islamabad.

    Video Major Rubbish Burning Experiment Captures Destructive Greenhouse Gases

    The world’s first test to capture environmentally harmful carbon dioxide gases from the fumes of burning rubbish took place recently in Oslo, Norway. The successful experiment at the city's main incinerator plant, showcased a method for capturing most of the carbon dioxide. VOA’s Deborah Block has more.

    Video EU Visa Block Threatens To Derail EU-Turkey Migrant Deal

    Turkish citizens could soon benefit from visa-free travel to Europe as part of the recent deal between the EU and Ankara to stem the flow of refugees. In return, Turkey has pledged to keep the migrants on Turkish soil and crack down on those who are smuggling them. Brussels is set to publish its latest progress report Wednesday — but as Henry Ridgwell reports from London, many EU lawmakers are threatening to veto the deal over human rights concerns.

    Video Tensions Rising Ahead of South China Sea Ruling

    As the Philippines awaits an international arbitration ruling on a challenge to China's claims to nearly all of the South China Sea, it is already becoming clear that regardless of which way the decision goes, the dispute is intensifying. VOA’s Bill Ide has more from Beijing.

    Video Painting Captures President Lincoln Assassination Aftermath

    A newly restored painting captures the moments following President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination in 1865. It was recently unveiled at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, where America’s 16th president was shot. It is the only known painting by an eyewitness that captures the horror of that fateful night. VOA’s Julie Taboh tells us more about the painting and what it took to restore it to its original condition.

    Video Elephant Summit Results in $5M in Pledges, Presidential Support

    Attended and supported by three African presidents, a three-day anti-poaching summit has concluded in Kenya, resulting in $5 million in pledges and a united message to the world that elephants are worth more alive than dead. The summit culminated at the Nairobi National Park with the largest ivory burn in history. VOA’s Jill Craig attended the summit and has this report about the outcomes.

    Video Displaced By War, Syrian Artist Finds Inspiration Abroad

    Saudi-born Syrian painter Mohammad Zaza is among the millions who fled their home for an uncertain future after Syria's civil war broke out. Since fleeing Syria, Zaza has lived in Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan and now Turkey where his latest exhibition, “Earth is Blue like an Orange,” opened in Istanbul. He spoke with VOA about how being displaced by the Syrian civil war has affected the country's artists.

    Video Ethiopia’s Drought Takes Toll on Children

    Ethiopia is dealing with its worst drought in decades, thanks to El Nino weather patterns. An estimated 10 million people urgently need food aid. Six million of them are children, whose development may be compromised without sufficient help, Marthe van der Wolf reports for VOA from the Metahara district.

    Video Little Havana - a Slice of Cuban Culture in Florida

    Hispanic culture permeates everything in Miami’s Little Havana area: elderly men playing dominoes as they discuss politics, cigar rollers deep at work, or Cuban exiles talking with presidential candidates at a Cuban coffee window. With the recent rapprochement between Cuba and United States, one can only expect stronger ties between South Florida and Cuba.

    Video California Republicans Weigh Presidential Choices Amid Protests

    Republican presidential candidates have been wooing local party leaders in California, a state that could be decisive in selecting the party's nominee for U.S. president. VOA's Mike O’Sullivan reports delegates to the California party convention have been evaluating choices, while front-runner Donald Trump drew hundreds of raucous protesters Friday.

    Video ‘The Lights of Africa’ - Through the Eyes of 54 Artists

    An exhibition bringing together the work of 54 African artists, one from each country, is touring the continent after debuting at COP21 in Paris. Called "Lumières d'Afrique," the show centers on access to electricity and, more figuratively, ideas that enlighten. Emilie Iob reports from Abidjan, the exhibition's first stop.

    Special Report

    Adrift The Invisible African Diaspora