Senior UN Peacekeeping official visiting South Sudan today.
From today until Thursday of this week, the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations at the UN, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, will be in South Sudan on a peacekeeping mission. It’s thought he will meet with political leaders, officials from humanitarian organisations working in the country, as well as internally displaced people living in Protection of Civilians’ sites.
According to a spokesperson from UNMISS (United Nations Mission in South Sudan), “Mr Lacroix will advocate for a country-wide cessation of hostilities, reinforce the importance of an inclusive political solution towards ending the current conflict, and greater cooperation with the UN Mission and humanitarian actors.”
During his visit he is also expected to visit the northern towns of Malakal and Bentiu, where UNMISS is protecting more than 145,000 people living in Protection of Civilians’ sites.
The mission of UNMISS is to work with the people of South Sudan to protect civilians and to build durable peace. It has a peacekeeping force of up to 17,000 troops from 54 Troop-Contributing Countries and up to 2100 police personnel, including individual police officers, formed police units and corrections officers.
As of 20th July 2017, the total of number of civilians seeking safety in six Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites located on UNMISS bases is 217,969. This includes 114,683 in Bentiu, 30,551 in Malakal, 38,448 in Juba UN House, 1,940 in Bor, 651 in Melut and 169 in UNMISS base and 31,527 in the area adjacent to UNMISS in War.
Please pray that Mr Lacroix’s visit to South Sudan will be productive and will contribute to a cessation of violence and a lasting peace. Also, that the displaced people, currently having to live in temporary ‘camps’, will be able to either return home or resettle in a safe environment and rebuild their lives.