UN says violence against aid workers in South Sudan declined for the first time since 2013

Three South Sudanese regions (File/Supplied/Nyamilepedia)

February 18th 2019 (Nyamilepedia) – The United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) said yesterday in a statement that violence against aid workers in South Sudan has declined since the year begun.

Since the onset of the ongoing South Sudan conflict, hundreds of humanitarian workers has been killed and aid workers has been some times unable to have access to civilian areas given the control of areas by different actors.

Last April, the UN said at least one hundred (100) aid workers were killed since the conflict begun in December 2013.

Last September, South Sudan government and opposition groups signed a revitalized version of a 2015 peace agreement which collapsed a year after. The agreement was proceeded by a ceasefire agreement and a road map to allow humanitarian access for aid groups working in the country.

In a statement, the OCHA said aid agencies reported only 35 incidents in January 2019 saying “nearly a quarter of them (the 35 cases) involved violence against humanitarian personnel and assets.”

The agency further said there is still insecurity in Ulang county in Upper Nile region which it said has “resulted in the relocation of 38 humanitarian staff from the area and minor disruptions to programs.”