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UN humanitarian chief calls for access to civilians trapped by fighting in South Sudan

Date Published: 
07/18/2013
Summary: 

The top UN humanitarian official on Wednesday appealed for access to all those in need in the strife-torn region of South Sudan, where humanitarian situation has deteriorated due to the clashes. "I am alarmed by the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Pibor County in Jonglei," where some 100,000 civilians have been cut off from life-saving aid due to clashes, the Under-Secretary- General for Humanitarian Affairs, Valerie Amos, said in a statement. Fighting between state and non-state armed actors, and the recent resurgence of inter-communal clashes are threatening the lives of ordinary people and have reduced the ability of humanitarian organizations to provide urgently needed help.