Incompetent UN peacekeepers complicit in Sudan crisis

Conflict escalates S SudanFrom RAJI BASHIR in Khartoum, Sudan
KHARTOUM, (CAJ News) – UNITED Nations Secretary, Ban Ki-moon, has lashed at the UN mission in South Sudan for its inept response to acts of sexual violence and persistent attacks at the mission’s base in Juba.

This follows a report by the Independent Special Investigation into the violence in Juba in July, which concluded UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) did not respond effectively to the violence due to an overall lack of leadership, preparedness and integration among the various components of the mission.

Investigations found command and control arrangements were inadequate, while peacekeepers maintained a risk-averse posture during the attacks by rebel forces.

Probes were unable to verify allegations peacekeepers failed to respond to acts of sexual violence committed directly in front of them on 17 and 18 July.

At least 73 people were killed, including more than 20 internally displaced persons, during the period. Two peacekeepers were killed and several injured while 182 buildings in the UN House compound were damaged.

Ki-moon raised alarm over the shortcomings identified by the special investigation.

“The Secretary-General will ensure that the necessary steps are taken to enable UNMISS to protect civilians more effectively, including through greater accountability of the mission’s civilian and uniformed leadership,” said a spokesperson.
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