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Displaced south Sudanese accuse NGO of hiding poor conditions from US diplomat Haley

Tom Mugisha, tom.mugisha@alleastafrica.com

JUBA –Displaced people in a South Sudan camp have accused a French charity organization ACTED of hiding poor living conditions from the US diplomat Nikki Haley who was in South Sudan this week.

They say they were deeply disappointed when Haley’s visit was cut short on Wednesday because they expected her to visit their camp.

Ambassador Haley had to travel with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan camp in Juba because of security concerns over a turbulent demonstration against President Salva Kiir.

A South Sudanese refugee girl is seen at the Nguenyyiel refugee camp during a visit by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley to Gambella Region, Ethiopia October 24, 2017. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri

The cancellation sparked a second demonstration among the residents to express their anger over not being able to meet Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

The camp hosts more than 30,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) who fled their homes because of a civil war that began in 2013.

Tut Albino, deputy chairman of one portion of the camp, was quoted by VOA’s South Sudan in Focus that he and other residents anxiously hoped to meet Haley and ask her to help bring peace to the country.

“The community was celebrating but the reaction happened after ACTED denied the community to meet with [the] visitor. After ACTED diverted the venue from the right venue, the community reacted,” Albino said.

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