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South Sudan crisis deepens as once-stable areas fall into violence – UN relief chief

10 August 2016 – Recently returned from a three-day visit to South Sudan, United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien today painted a grave picture of the enormous humanitarian crisis facing the world’s newest country and the devastating impact of the ongoing violence on its people.

Perpetrators of sexual violence in South Sudan 'will be held accountable' – UN envoy

08 August 2016 – Vowing to “fight” to the end to see that all perpetrators of rape and violence against women and girls in crisis-torn South Sudan are held to account, the United Nations envoy on sexual violence in conflict today said it is extremely important for the Government to take all necessary action to put an end to such crimes.

UN chief welcomes South Sudan's acceptance of regional protection force

07 August 2016 – Welcoming the Government of South Sudan's acceptance of a regional protection force to help quell the ongoing violence in the country, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on all South Sudanese parties to uphold their responsibility to protect civilians and to demonstrate their commitment to a peace agreement, “the only viable path” out of the crisis.

South Sudan: UNICEF sounds alarm on ‘catastrophic’ food insecurity in country

05 August 2016 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today that it is responding to a growing food security emergency causing malnutrition in children in both rural and urban areas of crisis-gripped South Sudan.

In Brazil, UN chief encourages Olympic Refugee Team to 'show strength,' inspire the world

04 August 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today paid a visit to the Olympic Village in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he encouraged refugee athletes to show the world their strengths.

South Sudan's government forces committed widespread violations in July fighting – UN

04 August 2016 – Preliminary United Nations investigations into the recent fighting in South Sudan reveal Government security forces carried out killings and rapes, and looted and destroyed properties, the UN human rights chief said today, calling on the Security Council to take stronger action.

In South Sudan, UN humanitarian chief calls for end to attacks against civilians, aid workers

03 August 2016 – United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien concluded today his three-day mission to crisis-torn South Sudan, voicing serious concern at the humanitarian situation in the country and in particular the violence against civilians, as well as attacks against aid workers, which is hampering efforts to respond to the needs of the people affected by the fighting.

In South Sudan, UN humanitarian chief calls on all parties to work together for peace

02 August 2016 – United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien today called on all actors in South Sudan, including the international community supporting the country, to work together for a peace that will enable the nation and its people to realize their hopes for a better future.

‘If you want to protect your image, protect children,’ Ban tells debate on war-affected children

02 August 2016 – With children continuing to be tortured, maimed, imprisoned, starved, sexually abused and killed in armed conflict, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on all countries to back their words with concrete actions to end such violations.

Some 60,000 flee recent South Sudan violence, bringing exodus to 900,000 since 2013 – UN

02 August 2016 – Some 60,000 people have fled South Sudan's recent violence in the capital city of Juba, bringing the overall number of South Sudanese refugees in neighbouring countries since December 2013 to nearly 900,000, the United Nations refugee agency said today.