UN condemns the killing of 2 aid workers in Yirol West
The acting United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan, Matthew Hollingworth, has strongly condemned the killing of two aid workers in Yirol West, Lakes State on Monday.
He called on authorities and communities to protect humanitarian personnel as they deliver assistance to people across the country.
“I am shocked by the reports of yet another act of violence against humanitarians in South Sudan. I want to express our condolences to the family and colleagues of the aid workers who were killed. Humanitarians are working tirelessly to reach the most vulnerable people, including women, children, and older persons with vital aid,” Hollingworth said.
On 7 June, two aid workers working for Doctors with Africa CUAMM were killed when their vehicle was ambushed in Yirol West in Lakes State. The clearly marked humanitarian vehicle was part of a convoy returning from a health facility. According to initial reports, the attackers emerged from the bush and opened fire on the convoy.
“I call on the government to strengthen law enforcement, investigate these crimes, and bring the perpetrators swiftly to justice. Four aid workers have been killed in the last month alone. I fear that continued attacks on humanitarians and the consequent suspension of activities will have a serious impact on humanitarian operations in South Sudan,” Hollingworth concluded.
A total of 128 humanitarians, mostly South Sudanese, have lost their lives while providing humanitarian assistance to people since the conflict broke out in 2013.