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South Sudan: Humanitarian Coordinator condemns killing of aid workers

20 May 2020

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Pieri, South Sudan. Credit: MSF South Sudan

The Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan, Alain Noudéhou, strongly condemned the killing of three aid workers in Jonglei, in north-eastern South Sudan, in a press release issued today.

He also called for an end to recurring acts of violence, which are disrupting life-saving assistance and the COVID-19 response in many parts of South Sudan.

On 16 May, a Médecins Sans Frontières staff member and two staff members of another humanitarian organization were killed after intense fighting erupted in and around Pieri town in Jonglei. 

Hundreds of people were reportedly killed, and others wounded. Many more were forced to flee the area, and several aid workers remain unaccounted for.

Intercommunal violence has broken out in the past months in Jonglei. The area has also experienced years of food insecurity and was severely affected by flooding last year.

Intercommunal violence is having serious consequences on civilians and aid workers in many parts of South Sudan.