Aid workers death toll surges in Sudan

Sudan Aid workersFrom RAJI BASHIR in Khartoum, Sudan
KHARTOUM, (CAJ News) -– REBEL groups have killed six aid workers in South Sudan in what is the highest number of humanitarian workers killed in a single incident since the raging conflict began three years ago.
The weekend killing following an ambush by militants as the workers were travelling from the capital Juba to the eastern Pibor brings to about 80 workers killed during the volatile period.
At least 12 have been killed in 2017 and eight humanitarian convoys attacked.
“I am appalled and outraged by the heinous murder  of six courageous humanitarians in South Sudan,” said Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan, Eugene Owusu.
“At a time when humanitarian needs have reached unprecedented levels, it is entirely unacceptable that those who are trying to help are being attacked and killed.”
A number of incidents have been recorded in March.
A humanitarian convoy was attacked in Yirol East on the 14th while responding to a cholera outbreak. A health worker and one patient were killed and at least one other health worker was injured. Separately, during fighting in Mayendit town on the 10th, local staff of an international NGO were detained by non-state armed actors and released four days later.
Already in March, there have been multiple instances of looting of aid supplies, including in two areas in Mayendit which are top priority locations for the famine response.
More than three years of conflict have taken a devastating toll on the people of South Sudan.
Some 300 000 civilians have been killed. Over 7,5 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance and protection.
CAJ News

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