JUBA, 24 July 2021 – The United Nations has expressed concern over an increase in violent attacks on humanitarian workers in various parts of the country.
“South Sudan is increasingly becoming one of the most dangerous places to operate for humanitarian workers,” according to Nicholas Haysom, the head of to the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).
Speaking to reporters in the capital, Juba, Haysom said humanitarian supplies and assets worth more than one million dollars have been looted and/or destroyed in attacks in Gumuruk in the eastern part of the country alone.
“Four humanitarian workers have been killed in the line of duty” in South Sudan since the beginning of 2021, UNMISS said, calling for an end to the violence.
“These acts of criminality must stop,” Haysom told reporters, adding: “Those who perpetrate violence and loot should be brought to justice”.
Over 130,000 internally displaced South Sudanese for whom the supplies were earmarked have been deprived of much-needed assistance as a result of the violence, according to the head of UNMISS.
Earlier this year, the United Nations Mission in South Sudan said the scale of violence in Africa’s youngest nation is “a lot worse” than during the country’s five-year civil war.
In a report, UNMISS accused senior officials of supporting armed groups that at times have included tens of thousands of fighters.