Freedom Of Movement, Vital During Planting Season: Says Humanitarian Coordinator

The Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan, Toby Lanzer has reiterated that freedom of movement within South Sudan is vital during the current planting season.

Freedom Of Movement, Vital During Planting Season: Says Humanitarian Coordinator
Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan, Toby Lanzer [File Photo]

Peter Lokale Nakimangole

JUBA, 05 April 2015 [Gurtong] – In a statement dated 2 April 2015, the Humanitarian Chief Lanzer stressed, “As we enter the main planting season in South Sudan, I am deeply concerned that the conflict continues to restrict civilians’ freedom of movement and thereby limit people’s ability to provide for themselves. It is vital that the people in South Sudan are able to move freely to access their land, plant crops, tend to their livestock and trade without fear of violence."

He said that freedom of movement is crucial to prevent a further deterioration in the food security situation caused by the ongoing conflict saying traditional livestock migration patterns, agriculture and trading routes have been significantly disrupted by the ongoing fighting, Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile states in particular.

The Coordinator further noted that so far more than 2.5 million people are severely food insecure and this number could grow precipitously during the lean season, which is shortly upon us and lasts until August.

He said a safe and secure environment is also necessary for aid agencies to reach as many people in need as possible with lifesaving aid and livelihood support to alleviate suffering, prevent hunger and enable people to help themselves.

Mr. Lanzer recognised efforts exerted by the UN agencies and non-governmental organisations saying they are doing all they can to address the humanitarian consequences of the crisis and count on the full support of the authorities in order to help meet the needs of the people of South Sudan in the most cost-effective manner.

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