Situation in South Sudan getting worse says UN

United Nations warn condition of South Sudan is getting worse since ceasefire deal

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

South Sudan President Salva Kiir signs a peace deal, South Sudan Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015.

War-torn South Sudan’s situation has worsened since a ceasefire deal agreed three weeks ago, according to the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

Over the past month, there have been an obvious increase in the number of civilians who were escaping from the northern battlefield’s ongoing fighting and tried to find a shelter in the village of Nyaal in Southern Unity State.

“Nearly 78,000 displaced people, including 18,000 who have arrived over the past two weeks, are now believed to be seeking shelter in Nyaal,” the UN report states.

“About ten canoes, each carrying 60 to 70 people, have arrived in Nyal on a daily basis since mid-August,” the report adds.

Some 628,000 people have run away into neighbouring nations and 1.64 million people have escaped from clashes inside the country, leaving them dependent on food aid.

There are currently over 192,000 civilians seeking refuge inside sheltering of UN bases.

The UN base in the Unity State capital Bentiu is known as the largest camp and is home to 112,000 people.

While "Malnutrition remains a major concern across the country,"  34 children have died in just a week reports the UN.

“An inter-agency team of humanitarian partners – including representatives of UN agencies and national and international NGOs – has visited the area to evaluate the situation,” the report reads.

“The team found concerning levels of food insecurity, as well as malnutrition, among children and pregnant and lactating mothers,” it added.

Over 23,000 people had been influenced by wars and continual dry spell had also contributed to lack of food security.

TRTWorld and agencies