Protect aid workers – US tells South Sudan

Protect aid workers – US tells South Sudan
Linda Thomas Greenfield, US Ambassador to the United Nations (L) and Vice President Rebecca Nyandeng (photo credit: courtesy)

The United States government has urged its South Sudanese counterpart to prioritize the protection of aid workers as humanitarian organizations continue to fall prey to road ambushes.

Linda Thomas Greenfield, the US Ambassador to the United Nations told Vice President Rebecca Nyandeng in a meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly that while peace implementation remained one of the major priorities, humanitarian workers should equally be protected.

“Honored to meet with South Sudan VP Rebecca Nyandeng De Mabior during UNGA. We discussed the importance of progress on the Peace Agreement, and I stressed the need for political inclusivity and protection of humanitarian workers,” she said in a tweet Friday.

Her remark came a week after a WFP convoy was ambushed along Yei – Morobo road by forces allied to Gen. Thomas Cirilo of the National Salvation Front (NAS).

One person was killed in the attack, two abducted, handouts looted, and a vehicle set ablaze according to the South Sudan People’s Defense Force Spokesperson Maj. Gen. Lul Ruai Koang.

On 21st September, authorities in Yei River County of Central Equatoria State announced that the two abductees were rescued after a search operation led by the South Sudan People’s Defense Forces.

The attack was the latest in several onslaughts aimed at aid workers. Targeted attacks on humanitarian organizations have jeopardized the delivery of aid as organizations push back amid insecurity concerns.

In a country where more than half of the population is on the brink of starvation, inaccessibility to food aid only worsens an already dire situation.