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Ensuring Care, Dignity For Women, Young Girls In S. Sudan Is Urgent

Inter Press Service: OP-ED: Violence Leaves Women, Girls, and Young People on the Edge in South Sudan
Julitta Onabanjo, regional director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) East and Southern Africa Region

“As with many conflicts and other humanitarian emergencies around the world, those who suffer the most are women, young girls, and children. The current terrible crisis in South Sudan is no exception. … The world cannot afford to ignore what is going [on] in South Sudan. It is a humanitarian tragedy unfolding right in front of our eyes. Our hope is that the upcoming meeting of donors in Oslo will be able to generate the necessary resources to address the care and dignity of South Sudanese women and girls. We also hope that constructive political dialogue among all actors will speedily return the country to a path of peace that is desperately needed RIGHT NOW. While the need to promote peace and security for overall development is urgent, ensuring care and dignity for each and every woman and young girl, those most affected in crisis situations, is equally urgent…” (5/19).