Every day in South Sudan over six million people don’t know where their next meal is coming from and 1.3 million children under the age of 5 years are acutely malnourished, Ms Yasmin Sooka, the Chairperson of the Commission on Human Rights, said.
Ms Sooka made the remarks at the 42nd Human Rights Council session in Geneva on 16th September 2019.
“The starvation in South Sudan is neither random nor accidental. It has been part of a deliberate strategy on the part of the warring parties to target civilians in acts that may amount to war crimes.”
The Chairperson of the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan visited internal displacement sites and refugee camps in the region. What she witnessed did not leave any doubt as to who is to blame for the man-made catastrophe.
“There is no doubt that the responsibility for the enduring humanitarian catastrophe in South Sudan rests firmly with the country’s warring politicians.”
“It’s hard to conceive of such a wealthy and fertile nation where the majority of its citizens go hungry every day, year after year, and where hunger has become the norm. South Sudan’s people can feed themselves if only they were left in peace to farm and eke out a living.”
The Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan is mandated by the United Nation Human Rights Council (UNHCR) to monitor and report on human rights violations, identify violators, and collect and preserve evidence to support accountability mechanisms.
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