(MENAFN - Arab News) Juba: the united nations' aid chief in war-torn south sudan called tuesday for a month-long truce warning that seven million people face hunger if the brutal four-month conflict continues.
'i call on all parties to the conflict in south sudan to observe one month of tranquility this may to stop the violence and to provide a safe environment for civilians" un humanitarian coordinator for south sudan toby lanzer said in a statement. the conflict has already left thousands of people dead more than a million displaced and prompted un warnings of the risk of famine.
a cease-fire signed in january is in tatters with mounting global outrage over a wave of atrocities.
april and may are the key farming months in south sudan for planting crops during the long rains and if people are not able to access their fields the scale of hunger will grow.
'one month without violence will allow people to plant and cultivate" lanzer added. 'april is behind us only may is left to enable people to prepare their fields and try to ensure that they have a harvest at the end of 2014." the un refugee agency repeated warnings tuesday of the extent of the humanitarian crisis with more than 1.2 million people forced from their homes since fighting began on december 15 including almost 300000 civilians fleeing to neighboring nations.
with seasonal rains intensifying aid agencies are being forced to make hugely expensive air lifts of food and other supplies as the mud tracks that cover the vast nation become too boggy for trucks.
'the conflict which broke out in mid-december has put a staggering seven million people at risk of food insecurity across the country" lanzer said.