Aid workers flee rising attacks in S/Sudan

sudan health workersFrom RAJI BASHIR in Khartoum, Sudan
KHARTOUM, (CAJ News) – HUMANITARIAN workers distributing relief aid have been forced to flee their bases in central South Sudan following attacks by armed groups and militant civilians.
At least 28 workers have fled the chaos in the Mayendit County, Unity – one of the two counties hit by famine.
This is the aftermath of incessant clashes in the country torn by civil war.
A series of recent events hampered humanitarian operations and placed civilians at risk.
Since late January, clashes in the affected regions have caused tens of thousands of people to flee.
Humanitarians remain deeply concerned regarding the safety of these civilians, many of whom are now in Kodok and Aburoc. Clashes have reached new locations in recent days.
During the chaos, humanitarian compounds were looted by armed actors and community members.
In Central Equatoria, aid workers were last week denied access to key locations thousands of people in need have not been reached with aid in months.
Humanitarian Coordinator, Eugene Owusu, has appealed to all parties to ensure immediate, safe and unhindered access across the country.
Insecurity and lack of access have left some 100 000 people facing starvation in parts of South Sudan where famine was declared on February 20, and a further 1 million are on the brink of famine.
CAJ News

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