Water shortages hit POCs in Juba following deadly fight
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 the media 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.
As of 15 March 2018, a total of number of civilians seeking safety in six Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites located on UNMISS bases is 202,776 including 112,829 in Bentiu, 24,417 in Malakal, 38,579 in Juba UN House, 2,296 in Bor, and 147 in UNMISS base and 24,508 in the area adjacent to UNMISS in Wau “.
The two POC sites in the South Sudan’s capital city of Juba are the biggest among the POC sites across the country. They are both located at UN House in Jebel area of Juba along Juba – Yei Road. Both sites are protected by the UN peacekeepers.