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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: South Sudan

01 Jul 2020

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South Sudan is facing the twin threat of COVID-19 and an uptick in violence that risks derailing the peace process. Credit: UNMISS

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 1 July 2020

South Sudan: UN Humanitarian Coordinator condemns killing of an aid worker

Earlier this week, a clearly marked ambulance came under fire in Cueibet County, South Sudan. The driver, a national staff member of an international non-governmental organization that is providing health services in South Sudan, was killed.

In a statement, the Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan, Alain Noudéhou, condemned the killing and called for prompt action by authorities and communities to ensure the safety and security of humanitarian personnel.

“These violent acts against humanitarian workers are outrageous and unacceptable, especially during a time when health workers are taking significant risks to assist South Sudanese who are affected by COVID-19, preventable diseases and injuries related to armed violence,” Mr. Noudéhou said.

The incident is the fifth aid worker death in South Sudan in 2020 and brings the number of humanitarians killed in the country to 120 since 2013.