UN Peacekeepers Struggling to Protect Civilians in South Sudan

Written by Makula Dunbar

From Press TV

Due to lack of troops and aircraft, the United Nations peacekeepers in South Sudan are not able to protect civilians affected by fighting in the east of the country, head of the UN mission in South Sudan says.

Hilde Johnson said in a Monday statement that “We cannot sustain a presence with the logistical capacity that we have, with the problems we have with air transport and by road. So we cannot protect civilians in big, big, big numbers (in Pibor town in troubled state of Jonglei).”

Reports say that the UN mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has over 6,500 troops in Jonglei which is the country’s largest state.

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