UN peacekeepers failed to protect civilians in Juba: rights group
Thursday October 6 2016
This handout image provided by the UNMISS (United Nation Mission in South Sudan) on July 11, 2016 shows some of the at least 3000 displaced women, men and children taking shelter at the UN compound in Tomping area in Juba.
Some peacekeepers in the capital Juba abandoned their posts inside "Protection of Civilian" sites — where tens of thousands have sought safety from successive bouts of fighting — while outside the fortified bases, peacekeeper presence was "non-existent."
During four days of fighting between the rival forces, artillery rounds and gunfire hit two UN bases, killing two Chinese peacekeepers. Civilians died both inside and outside the UN bases and soldiers outside raped many women — some within sight of UN sentries.
CIVIC said the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) is hampered by "inadequate support" from UN headquarters and has been "repeatedly blocked, harassed, and, at times, even attacked by the parties to the conflict."