NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 11 – Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed is urging the international community to exert both diplomatic and political pressure on warring factions of South Sudan leaders.
Speaking during the OCHA-IGAD High-Level conference, Mohamed indicated that violation of cessation of hostilities will no longer be tolerated and called for tough measures to be put in place to ensure this does not happen. OCHA is the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
“The exhaustion is palpable and the desire now is to move away from the negotiated settlement space into judicial/punitive approach. South Sudan leaders must know, through this gathering for example, that they have many friends, well wishers and partners who are getting tired to the incessant conflict,” she stated.
She thanked the international community for continuous support saying there were many vulnerable women and children in South Sudan with dire need of assistance.
At the conference, $618 million was pledged – $529 million of it new money – to support the humanitarian response in South Sudan.
The UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Baroness Valerie Amos and UNESCO Special Envoy for Peace and Reconciliation Forest Whitaker on Tuesday led a team of ambassadors that pledged $529 million towards worsening humanitarian crisis in South Sudan.
The joint High-Level Event on the Humanitarian Crisis in South Sudan was called in the wake of a worsening conflict situation that has seen 2.5 million people become food insecure with thousands of children suffering from malnutrition.
The war has displaced an estimated two million people, half of whom are children.
About 1.5 million people are internally displaced while 500,000 others having fled to neighbouring countries including Sudan, Uganda, Ethiopia and Kenya.