RELIEF AGENCIES EVACUATE 390 AID WORKERS FROM S. SUDAN’S MABAN REGION

JUBA, South Sudan, At least 390 humanitarian workers have been successfully evacuated from South Sudan’s restive Maban region, where two humanitarian workers were injured early this week, due to violence, organisations said.

The South Sudan NGO Forum said, increased attacks have forced aid agencies to suspend services, except for life-saving and critical activities to communities around Maban, where violence erupted on July 23, after a peaceful protest by local youth turned violent, leading to looting, burning of humanitarian premises and damage to aid vehicles.

“The increase in attacks on aid workers’ is wrong, unwarranted and we are extremely disappointed,” Pius Ojara, Director of South Sudan NGO Forum said, in a statement issued in Juba.

Ojara termed the violence against humanitarian actors, including the most recent attack in Maban as unacceptable, saying, it reduces aid workers’ capacity to implement essential services and activities, leaving the most vulnerable people in South Sudan at greater risk of hunger and disease.

“Such senseless attacks hamper efforts by aid agencies and their staff, who are working tirelessly in a challenging environment, to help the most vulnerable people in need of life-saving assistance,” he said.

In Maban, there was forceful entry into UNHCR and 14 other compounds by approximately 2,000 youth that resulted into looting, arson, destruction of vehicles, structures and other humanitarian assets and lifesaving supplies including medicines.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK