World Bulletin/News Desk
A seven-member delegation of the African Union's African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC) arrived in Juba Sunday for a weeklong visit to assess the situation of children affected by the country's ongoing conflict.
"We are here to monitor the children affected by the ongoing conflict in the country and also to engage with stakeholders for the protection of children during this conflict," Professor Julia Sloth Nielsen, the vice chairperson of the committee, told reporters at Juba international airport.
"The responsibility of child protection is for all parties that are involved in the conflict," she said.
"I understand that the situation in South Sudan is complicated, however, we will engage the leadership to ensure that children are well protected in the war areas," Nielsen added.
She said that during the visit, the team will also visit the areas affected by the conflict.
"We will hold field visits to areas affected like Bor, Bentiu and Minkaman," Nielsen explained.
"I also urge the government of South Sudan to ratify the charter for the protection of children in conflict," said the expert.
South Sudan has been shaken by violence since last December when President Salva Kiir accused Machar of plotting to overthrow his regime.
Hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese have been displaced in subsequent fighting, while large swathes of the population continue to face an increasingly grave humanitarian crisis.
In recent months, the two rivals have held on-again, off-again peace negotiations in Addis Ababa under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), a Djibouti-based East African trade bloc.
In June, both sides agreed to form a transitional government within 60 days, i.e., before August 10.Güncelleme Tarihi: 03 Ağustos 2014, 16:53