UN Special representative of the Secretary General in South Sudan, David Shearer, 01/ 02/2017 [Photo by James Dimo]
By James Deng Dimo
WAU, 01 February 2017 [Gurtong] - Shearer who made several visits within the protection of civilian sites in Wau town today said UN agencies will do their best to help the situation but called on the State authorities to improve the security situation in order to allow people return to their homes.
“Obviously, am concerned about the number of people who are in this situation, we will do our best with the UN and the organizations to help with their main needs but the long term future for the people of Wau is peace and stability,” said Shearer.
“We need peace here. These people need to be sure they can rely on the security forces to give them the peace and security that they need, to go back to their homes and particularly now because they need to start planting their crops when the rains come,” said Shearer.
“Their lives need to be back to normal, so we can help as much we can but at the end of the day it is going to be the authorities in Wau that will enable the security situation to improve to allow the people here to go back ” he added.
Shearer said the IDPs are in need of food, clean drinking water and other basic necessities.
“These are dignified people, they don’t want to be dependent on others like the United Nations, they want to depend on themselves so they want to get back to their normal lives and that is the most important thing for us we are trying but it cannot occur when the peace and security is not on the ground,” said Shearer.
He also said that UNMISS can provide some degree of security around the POC sites but it is the responsibility of the Governor of the State and the security forces to make sure the people in the State are safe.