Juba, South Sudan
July 17, 2021 — As South Sudan heads into a devastating food crisis due to floods and conflicts, the World Food Programme has decided to suspend operations in parts of the country due to internal conflicts and unprovoked attacks on aid workers.
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in South Sudan says the World Food Programme has suspended its operation in Tony County of Warap State following attack on the humanitarian agency by local youth in the area.
According to the reliable information received by Nyamilepedia, the Acting United Nations Humanitarian coordinator for South Sudan, Arfad Jamal, says the attack is a continuation of similar violence that is targeting Aid Agencies across the entire country.
Jamal, who also doubles as UN head chair Country’s director in South Sudan was quoted by the V.O.A saying “the operation of World Food Programme ceased in Tony County following outbreak of fighting of local youth at Marial Low week ago.”
Although the initial fighting did not target the humanitarian aid workers, Jamal said the youth ended up looting the WFP warehouse which contains food items, adding that it is not clear when the WFP will resume its operations in the area.
” We are assessing the situation and what we always try to do in such incidences is, we want to ensure that we have safety for our workers but we also don’t wish to deprive the needly people of food so, we are at the moment assessing the conditions and when they are right we will come up with full operation”, Jamal said.
According to the UN reports, the number of attacks against humanitarian workers since March is on the rise and South Sudan government is doing very little about such situations.