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The UN Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan condemns Pibor aid worker killing

Nov 2, 2020(Nyamilepedia) — The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan, Alain Noudéhou, has condemned the killing of an aid worker in the Greater Pibor Administrative Area.

Alain Noudéhou, national of Benin is currently the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Resident Coordinator, and Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan.(photo credit: courtesy image/Nyamilepedia)
Alain Noudéhou, national of Benin is currently the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Resident Coordinator, and Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan.(photo credit: courtesy image/Nyamilepedia)

According to a statement seen by Nyamilepedia, a team of Plan International’s humanitarian workers was attacked by unidentified armed men on a road near Pibor town as they were returning from delivering critical services to children and new mothers affected by violence and flooding in the area.

Responding to the tragic incident, the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan strongly condemns the attack and calls on all actors to protect the humanitarian workers in the country.

“I strongly condemn this attack and the killing of yet another humanitarian worker, this time in the Pibor area.” Mr. Noudéhou said.

“I call once again for authorities and communities at all levels to guarantee the safety and security of aid workers and the people they serve. The perpetrators of this violent act must be brought to justice and be held accountable,” Mr. Noudéhou added.

One of the aid workers was killed on the scene while another one was critically injured with a gun wound.

Alain Noudéhou, noted that this is the eighth worker to lose life while on duty in this area.

 “This year in South Sudan, eight humanitarian workers have already lost their lives while providing aid to people in need. This is unacceptable,” the Humanitarian Coordinator added.

The statement went on to state that thousands of humanitarian workers – most of them South Sudanese – take daily risks to deliver much-needed assistance to women, men and children across the country.

Half of all reported humanitarian access incidents in 2020 have involved violence, or threat thereof, against humanitarian workers and assets. Jonglei State and greater Pibor are among the areas most affected by the ongoing flooding and food insecurity.

Inter-communal and sub-national violence and attacks on aid workers are seriously hampering the delivery of humanitarian assistance and deepening vulnerabilities faced by communities in these areas.

“Humanitarian workers need a safe and secure operating environment to deliver much-needed humanitarian services to people. The violence and the targeting of humanitarian actors must stop,” Mr. Noudéhou stressed.

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