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JUBA - 17 Aug 2018

UN camp residents in Juba complain of water shortage following fighting

South Sudanese citizens who are living in the UN camp in Juba have complained about water shortages following fighting between two groups this week.

Speaking to Radio Tamazuj on Thursday, several families complained that water is a big problem at the camp since fighting broke out between two groups earlier this week.

“The fighting has paralyzed all activities inside the camp. There is no way to access water,” one of the residents said.

For its part, the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said the fighting broke out on 13 August between two groups at the Protection of Civilians (PoC) site 3.

UNMISS Acting Spokesperson Joshua Mmali said in an email that the Mission expresses its concern over the safety of women and children sheltering at the PoC sites, and called on the concerned groups to cease all acts of violence so that humanitarian partners can safely deliver food, water and essential services to vulnerable civilians inside the vicinity.

Joshua further said the Mission will continue to engage closely with camp and community leaders to help the communities negotiate an amicable solution, and to promote peaceful coexistence.

He pointed out that the situation was calm.