Roadblocks are preventing aid convoys to reach their destinations in South Sudan: UN

Juba, February 9, 2015 (SSNA) — The United Nations (UN) Under-Secretary General and Emergency Relief Coordinator (USG/ERC), Valerie Amos, told reporters in Juba that roadblocks are established in South Sudan and that UN aid convoys are being stopped.

Mrs. Amos said people who are running roadblocks are asking humanitarian workers to pay so that they can be allowed to reach their destinations.

“Roadblocks are just being suddenly established and demands being made of humanitarian workers that they pay to allow the convoys to go through," Valerie Amos told reporter in South Sudanese capital, Juba.

“This is reflection of the fact that the command and control mechanisms that should exist are breaking down,” she added.

It is unclear which side of the conflict set up roadblocks. 

On the 6th of February, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (UN) warned that South Sudan food insecurity could get worse by the end of March.

Amos also disclosed that many humanitarian aid workers risk being kidnapped and have seen their supplies and equipments looted.

About two million people have fled their homes and hundreds of thousands more fled to the neighboring countries, according to the United Nations.

Peace negotiations between the warring factions have been ongoing in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. However, the talks lead to little or no success with fighting still raging.

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