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May 13, 2021 (TORIT) - The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan, Alain Noudéhou, has condemned the killing of an aid worker in Budi, Eastern Equatoria State, calling on authorities and communities to ensure humanitarian personnel move safely along roads and deliver assistance to the most vulnerable people.

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Alain Noudéhou, the Deputy Special Representative in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (Getty)

On 12 May, an aid worker was killed when criminals fired at a clearly marked humanitarian vehicle. The vehicle was reportedly part of a team of international non-governmental organizations and South Sudanese government health workers traveling to a health facility.

The team was driving from Chukudum to Kapoeta in Budi County in an area that has seen several roadside ambushes this year.

“I am shocked by this violent act and send my condolences to the family and colleagues of the deceased. The roads are a vital connection between humanitarian organizations and communities in need, and we must be able to move safely across the country without fear,” said Noudéhou.

“I call on the Government to strengthen law enforcement along these roads,” he added.

This is the first humanitarian worker killed in South Sudan in 2021.

According to the UN, a total of 124 aid workers, most of them South Sudanese nationals, have been killed in South Sudan since the country’s conflict erupted in mid-December 2013.

(ST)

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