South Sudan's prevailing peace eases humanitarian access: ICRC

Source: Xinhua| 2019-05-09 00:41:11|Editor: yan
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NAIROBI, May 8 (Xinhua) -- The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said Wednesday humanitarian access has greatly improved in South Sudan amid prevailing peace since the former warring parties inked the revitalized peace deal in September 2018.

James Reynolds, head of ICRC's delegation in South Sudan, said that peace has allowed greater movement of aid workers across the country compared to previous years when the five-year conflict was intense.

"It's becoming perhaps a bit easier to move humanitarian assistance around because it's dry season but also we haven't seen bigger incidences of violence between opposition and government forces and this makes our work easier," said Reynolds during celebrations to mark World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day in Juba.

He disclosed that aid workers have borne the brunt of the violence since outbreak of conflict in December 2013 including the killing of an ICRC driver in 2017 by unknown armed group.

Reynolds noted that violence in general had reduced with only a few spots like Yei region and other isolated places experiencing intermittent fighting.

"There is still some violence in some parts of the country but not on sporadic level. We need to make sure that people affected by that can receive assistance through health centers run by us (ICRC). I think there is some optimism but quite a long way to go," he added.

Over 100 aid workers have been killed during the five-year conflict and several humanitarian convoys obstructed by both government and rebel forces.