South Sudan peacekeepers aim to reach “more vulnerable people”

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SRSG Shearer, of the UN Mission in South Sudan UNMISS, meets Akobo residents 1 Nov 2017. UNMISS Photo/Amanda Voisard

Peacekeepers with the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) are aiming to reach more vulnerable civilians in more remote parts of the country.

It’s part of a more “nimble and proactive” approach that’s being spearheaded by UNMISS chief, David Shearer.

On Wednesday he was in Akobo, near the Ethiopian border, where around 71,000 displaced people are living after fleeing fighting between government and opposition forces.

The mission operated a base in the town up until 2013, but it was closed following an attack in which two peacekeepers died, and 30 civilians killed.

Akobo is in a part of the north-east currently held by the opposition, and Mr Shearer gave Dan Dickinson his impressions of what he’d seen on the ground.

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