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The U.N. Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has evidently doubled its effort in ensuring that civilians are protected during the country’s four-year civil war after years of criticism.

Lauren Spink, a South Sudan specialist for the independent U.S.-based advocacy group Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC) in a statement said “A lot has been done … to improve UNMISS’ ability to deliver on its protection of civilians mandate,”.

This year, the U.N. Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has rescued aid workers and U.N. staff during attacks, saved civilians from abduction by armed groups, and pushed past roadblocks to a massacre site.