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Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 09:31

A group of Comboni Missionaries women and men working in Unity State wrote an open letter expressing their concern about the violence that is triggering a humanitarian crisis in the region. The document titled "Open letter of the Comboni Missionaries and Comboni Missionaries Sisters of Leer on the current situation of South Sudan" states the joy for the historical moment of South Sudan's Independence. The missionaries expressed their concern for the wide spreading violent clashes between militia forces and SPLA in Unity state that are affecting civilians in the region. They denounced acts of violence by rebel groups that took place around Leer County, including the mining of the road that killed three people and an attack and looting to Boaw town last week. The missionaries added that the deterioration of security in the region had humanitarian consequences with injured victims crowding the only hospital available in the area and displaced populations requiring emergency aid. They condemned Khartoum's blockade along the border between North and South Sudan that is causing a shortage of goods and making life very hard for the people in the region, who are malnourished and vulnerable to diseases. The missionaries denounced that food aid was on sale at the local markets instead of being distributed freely to the most vulnerable and needy people and school children.

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