South Sudan aid coordinator hails Kiir order

South Sudan President Salva Kiir. FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

The Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan, Mr Alain Noudéhou, has welcomed President Salva Kiir's order for unimpeded movement of the aid organisations in the war-torn state.

In a statement to the media, Mr Alain Noudéhou said the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan was at the world's top agenda and needed positive and smooth coordination from the government.

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“Ensuring unhindered humanitarian access is essential to save lives.

“South Sudan’s humanitarian partners appreciate the step that President Kiir has taken to ensure the free movement of supplies and personnel, particularly at a time when food insecurity continues to deteriorate and humanitarian organisations face pressure to expand their response,” Mr Noudéhou said.

A secure environment

“We hope that the order will have a positive impact in reducing the many constraints faced by humanitarian partners that delay or prevent the provision of urgently-needed help and which too often place humanitarian staff at risk."

Mr Noudéhou said they were looking forward to the order being implemented swiftly and that they would continue to work with all concerned parties to ensure a secure environment for the timely delivery of humanitarian assistance.

Humanitarian groups have been complaining of harassment and restrictions by the South Sudan's army and the rebels.

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South Sudan humanitarian crisis heightened after the onset of war in 2013, pitting groups allied to President Kiir against those allied to his former deputy Riek Machar.

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