Norwegian People’s Aid staff killed in South Sudan
August 5, 2014(Nyamilepedia) — It’s with a heavy heart Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) today has received the sad news that our good colleague Gabriel Yien Gach was shot and killed in Maban County in South Sudan this morning. His family is informed about the tragic loss.
“Our thoughts are first and foremost with Gabriel Yien Gach’s family and our colleagues in South Sudan”, says Ms. Kathrine Raadim, Head of International Department in NPA.
Gabriel Yien Gach was working in NPAs Food Security and Livelihood Program. This program is supporting the local community, as well as the internally displaced, with agriculture support and emergency food.
According to local sources Gabriel Yien was pulled out of a NPA vehicle and killed based on his ethnicity.
“NPA strongly condemns any attacks on civilians in the ongoing crisis in South Sudan” says Ms. Raadim.
“Any attacks on civilians are unacceptable, but attacks based on ethnicity are even direr as they will only feed into the circle of violence and revenge” says Ms. Raadim continued.
The Norwegian People’s Aid condemns killing based on ethnicity in the strongest term possible. The people’s aid calls on the South Sudanese government to investigate the merciless killing and bring the perpetrators to account.
“It is also completely unacceptable to attack NGO personnel who’s only mission in the field is to help the people of South Sudan in the face of this enormous, man-made, crisis. NPA demands that the killing of our colleague is given an investigation and full accountability for the perpetrators” Ms. Raadim added.
According to Ms. Raadim, “Norwegian Peoples Aid has been working in solidarity with the South Sudanese People for 28 years.”
NPA has programs in Food Security and Livelihood, Humanitarian Disarmament, Health and Civil Society Support.
“The Food Security and Livelihood program currently works in 27 counties including Maban. In 10 of these we are doing emergency relief. Since the outbreak of the current crisis NPA has helped more than 150 000 people with food, Non Food Items, shelter, Seeds and Tools.” Ms. Raadim explains.
Ms. Kathrine Raadim can be reached for further comments on +47 911 31 844.