By Watchdog reporter
Following the shooting of UN staff and exposure to war threats, the United Nations Mission in South Sudan is withdrawing its staff from Juba.
UN said that it has told some of their staff are leaving the country just as other UN agencies in the country are doing the same.
“Due to the recent fighting in Juba and subsequent associated operational challenges, the United Nations Mission in South Sudan and UN agencies, funds and programs in South Sudan have ordered the temporary relocation of some non-critical staff,” reads a statement from the mission.
The peacekeeping mission stated, however, that it will continue ‘critical operations’ together with UN agencies, including running the protection sites and relief programs.
Stephane Dujarric, the spokesman of the UN secretary-general in New York, said the evacuations would be “temporary”.
The move of abandoning South Sudanese suffering people, is likely to be seen in bad as UN is an agency that should stand with the suffering people of the world.
UN staff are likely to be evacuated to Nairobi in Kenya as Humanitarian airline UNHAS, which is operated by the UN World Food Programme, told customers in South Sudan that it would operate “relocation flights to Nairobi”.
NGOs and UN organizations wishing to make use of the service have been asked to send the airline a list of staffs whom they want to evacuate. UN Department of Safety and Security will prepare a consolidated list for the evacuation process.
UNHAS advised passengers that luggage weight should not exceed 12 kg per passenger to enable UNHAS take as many passengers as possible.