South Sudan: new fighting forces civilians to flee homes

Renewed clashes in and around Wau have forced thousands of civilians to flee in fear. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is seriously concerned by the immediate humanitarian consequences on the civilian population.

How many times will South Sudanese civilians be forced to flee battle zones, knowing that if they don’t their lives will be in danger?rdquo; said Gregor Mueller, ICRC’s Deputy Head of Delegation for South Sudan.

We again ask those involved in the fighting to not target civilians, medical facilities and humanitarian workers. Aid workers must be allowed to work, he added. People trying to escape hostilities must be allowed to travel unimpeded. These are obligations mandated by International Humanitarian Law.

The latest upheaval will greatly harm people’s ability to feed and shelter their families after two-and-a-half years of fighting across the country, long term conflict that has triggered severe food needs in parts of South Sudan.

Last week ICRC teams were able to evacuate 17 wounded personnel from Raja. Security permitting, ICRC teams will again do their best to respond to medical needs as they arise.

Source: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).