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Afghanistan: UN mission condemns deadly bombing near governor’s office in Kunar province

Photo: UNAMA/Fardin Waezi

27 February 2016 – Condemning today’s suicide attack in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar province that killed 11 civilians and injured more than 30 others, the United Nations Assistance Mission in the country (UNAMA) reiterated that indiscriminate use of explosives in areas crowded by civilians is a serious violation of international humanitarian law.

According to the Mission, earlier this morning in Asadabad city, in front of the Provincial Governor’s office, a suicide attacker detonated his vehicle full of explosives, causing more than 40 civilian casualties.

Reiterating that the indiscriminate use of explosives in areas crowded by civilians is a serious violation of international humanitarian law, the Mission reminded all parties to the armed conflict in Afghanistan that they are bound to uphold their legal obligations to at all times avoid harm to civilians.

The Mission extended its sincere condolences to the families of those killed and a speedy recovery for those injured. “UNAMA once again affirms its continued support to the people of Afghanistan,” said the Mission.

Ban urges all involved in Comoros electoral process to refrain from violence

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Mark Garten (file)

28 February 2016 – With the provisional results being released after a slate of elections in Comoros, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the candidates and all the other actors and institutions involved in the electoral process to play by the rules and refrain from the use of violence.

“The Secretary-General is following with concern the developments in Comoros since the publication by the National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI) of the provisional results of the primary elections of the President of the Union of Comoros and the first round of the elections of the Governors of the Islands of Grand Comoros, Anjouan and Mohéli,” said a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson.

The UN chief is urges the Government, the candidates and all the other actors and institutions involved in the electoral process to play by the rules and refrain from the use of violence, said the statement.

South Sudan: UN deputy humanitarian chief calls for end to civilian suffering

UN Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Kyung-wha Kang witnesses first-hand remnants of a school and of an IOM clinic which were entirely burnt down during recent violence in Malakal, South Sudan. Photo: OCHA/Charlotte Cans

26 February 2016 – The United Nations deputy humanitarian chief today called on all parties to the conflict in South Sudan to protect civilians and grant safe and unhindered humanitarian access as she wrapped up a two-day visit to the African country.

Kyung-wha Kang, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, accompanied UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the visit to South Sudan, where they met Government officials and visited communities affected by the conflict.

During her mission, Ms. Kang also met humanitarian partners and the diplomatic community and visited Malakal, where she witnessed the devastating impact of the armed violence that took place on 17 and 18 February in the UN protection of civilians site.

“I am outraged by what I have seen in Malakal,” she said, noting that civilians who had sought safety at the site have been attacked, killed, traumatised and displaced once more, with the entire site, including medical clinics and schools, completely and systematically burnt down and destroyed.

“Those responsible for these heinous acts must be held to account,” she said.

The two-year conflict in South Sudan has taken a brutal and deadly toll on civilians. Recently, fighting has spread to new areas, including in Wau and Mundri, and there continue to be reports of people being raped and killed, and of homes and crops being destroyed and damaged by fighting.

Despite the peace agreement, civilians in the country continue to face destitution, destruction, death and devastation, and the humanitarian needs continue to grow, said Ms. Kang, calling for an end to the fighting, the protection of people caught in the middle, and immediate and unhindered access for humanitarian actors to all those in need.

Ms. Kang appealed to the international community to act immediately to avert an even greater tragedy in South Sudan, as humanitarian needs are higher now than ever.

The South Sudan Humanitarian Response Plan for 2016 is currently only 6.5 per cent funded, including the $21 million of Central Emergency Response Fund allocation announced by the Secretary-General in Juba on 25 February, leaving a gap of nearly $1.21 billion.

Some $220 million is needed without delay to ensure that vital supplies can be procured and delivered during the dry season, before nearly 60 per cent of the country is again unreachable by road.

Source: United Nations

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