Humanitarian boss alarmed by threats on Pibor aid workers

Humanitarian boss alarmed by threats on Pibor aid workers
Mathew Hollingworth, Acting Humanitarian Coordinator of the United Nations in South Sudan (photo credit: courtesy)

The Acting Humanitarian Coordinator of the United Nations in South Sudan Mathew Hollingworth has expressed ‘‘deep concern over the latest threat by youth groups’’ against the humanitarian organizations in Greater Pibor Administrative Area.

“We are here to deliver critical assistance to the most vulnerable people including women, children, and the elderly. I call for the authorities and communities to ensure the safety and security of humanitarian personnel,” Hollingworth said in a statement seen by The City Review yesterday.

On October 4, 2021, a letter reportedly from a youth group in Pibor was issued demanding that at least 30 humanitarian workers should leave the area within 72 hours. The youth group accused humanitarian workers from other states of occupying positions belonging to communities.

According to Hollingworth, the threats impact negatively on the provision of humanitarian services in the area, especially in the area of urgent food assistance health.

He said without the frontline workers, people could not get assistance urgently, adding that there are more than 100,000 people who need humanitarian assistance in Pibor Administrative Area alone.

Humanitarian workers have been threatened and attacked in Upper Nile and Eastern Equatoria State that impact the slow provision of service to vulnerable people in the area.

 On July 202, South Sudan United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator Arafat Jamal condemned the recent violence in Warrap State where the aid workers and assets were targeted.

Mr. Jamal urged the government to launch an investigation into the matter and ensure that culprits are brought to book. The UN official urged the government to step up in providing security to the aid workers because their continued attack would only spell doom to the efforts to cushion the starving communities.

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