The Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD) joined other organisations and countries in voicing support for South Sudan’s citizens who are internally displaced or have fled to neighboring countries, refugees from other countries inside South Sudan, and others caught up in the conflict.
Over US$275 million (245 million euro) were pledged in support of the victims of the deepening humanitarian crisis in South Sudan and the region.
The pledges were made during a high-level conference in Geneva organized by the European Union and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on the humanitarian situation in the world’s youngest country. IGAD also emphasized the urgent need for the parties to the conflict to negotiate a peaceful solution.
“IGAD calls on all parties to the conflict to immediately bring an end to the conflict and violence in South Sudan. The South Sudanese government and opposition must allow unfettered humanitarian access throughout South Sudan, and ensure the safety and security of civilians, humanitarian workers, and humanitarian supplies”, read the statement of Ambassador (Eng.) Mahbob Maalim, Executive Secretary of IGAD.
The Executive Secretary called upon the international community and regional countries to make generous contribution towards humanitarian efforts and open borders to fleeing populations.
Mr Nuur Mohamud Sheekh, his Special Advisor on Humanitarian issues, read the statement of the Executive Secretary on his behalf.