August 19th 2019 (Nyamilepedia) – The CARE International has called on South Sudan to end targeted violence perpetrated against hundreds of humanitarian workers while in the line of duty as the country marks World Humanitarian Day.
“Around the world, humanitarian aid workers operate in dangerous and difficult environments and here in South Sudan we know that many aid workers and peacekeepers have lost their lives while trying to protect and assist South Sudanese communities,” said Care’s Country Director,” Rosalind Crowther.
The charity organization said that female humanitarian workers were also among the targets while trying to save lives of the population.
“Among them have been women who play a vital role in every aspect of crisis response, and particularly in preventing, responding to, and working with survivors of gender-based violence,” said Care International.
The aid agency pointed out that, although men and women in the humanitarian sector face different types of violence in conflict-operating environments, women are often affected by gender-based violence.
“We also know that men and women in the humanitarian sector experience differing risks in violent operational settings. While men in the humanitarian sector experience three to six times higher attack rates than women overall, female humanitarians are affected disproportionately by gender-based violence, including sexual assault and rape,” said Care International.
According to ‘Aid Worker Security Report’ of 2018, South Sudan remains as one of the most dangerous places to be a humanitarian aid worker.