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UN Peacekeeping Must Improve in SSudan 07/29 06:17

   NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Ten relief organizations working in South Sudan say 
the U.N. should urgently improve its peacekeeping mission in the country to 
protect civilians and help deliver aid to civilians affected by the country's 
civil war.

   The groups, including Oxfam, CARE, and the International Rescue Committee, 
issued a joint statement in South Sudan's capital, Juba, on Friday following 
reports that U.N. peacekeepers failed to act when government forces targeted 
civilians under the U.N.'s protection, including raping dozens of Nuer women.

   The U.N. peacekeeping force in South Sudan has about 12,000 armed troops who 
are mandated to use lethal force if necessary to protect civilians. The mission 
is also mandated to help the delivery of humanitarian aid.

   Some 4.8 million South Sudanese, nearly half the country's population, are 
facing severe food shortages.


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