(juba, 16 may 2018): un under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator, mark lowcock, concluded his two-day mission to south sudan today, calling for all parties to cease hostilities, amidst fresh fighting that has displaced tens of thousands of people in multiple locations across the country.during his two-day visit, mr. lowcock met with government officials, members of spla-in opposition, humanitarian agencies, and partners. he also visited people affected by the crisis in juba, yei town and mundu. the latter is an spla-io controlled area.“the conflict in south sudan is now in its fifth year. ordinary people are suffering on an unimaginable scale. the peace process has so far produced nothing. the cessation of hostilities is a fiction. the economy has collapsed”, said mr. lowcock. “belligerents use scorched-earth tactics, murder and rape as weapons of war. all these are gross violations of international law. seven million people need humanitarian assistance in 2018. and things are simply getting worse.” reflecting on his meetings with affected people, mr. lowcock said, “when i asked them what they needed most, the word i heard most frequently from them was: ‘peace’. ending the violence is the first and single most important thing needed to alleviating human suffering in south sudan.”the humanitarian crisis in south sudan continues to intensify. as a result of the compounding effects of widespread violence and insecurity and...