Statement attributable to the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan, Mr. Ali Al-Za’tari, on the incidents in Nyala, South Darfur [EN/AR]

Khartoum, 7 July 2013. The United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan, Mr. Ali Al-Za'tari, expressed the sadness of the UN System and its partners in Sudan over the killing in Nyala, South Darfur, of two Sudanese staff members from the humanitarian non-governmental organisation, World Vision International. A third World Vision staff member was also critically injured during the fighting between Government forces and an armed group. Mr. Al-Za’tari also expressed the same feelings for the human and material losses that afflicted Nyala and its inhabitants as a result to the horrific events it has gone through.

“My deepest sympathies and condolences go to the families of those killed and injured by this heinous act,” said Mr. Al-Za’tari. “The events which led to the deaths of our world Vision colleagues - a shootout in an urban area of Darfur’s most populated city - highlights the continuing unstable security in this region that threatens to disrupt the flow of the much needed humanitarian assistance, destabilise reconciliation efforts and derail progress towards greater economic and social development. If humanitarian work in Darfur is forced to scale back because of the unsafe and insecure conditions for our staff and partners, then many more people in Darfur will suffer.”

“Humanitarian workers in Darfur are there to improve the lives of others,” Mr. Al-Za’tari said. “They should not have to pay for their noble work with their own blood. I insist on all parties to this conflict to respect their obligation to protect humanitarian workers and other civilians. I urge the Sudanese Government to launch an investigation and bring the perpetrators of this crime to justice,” said Mr. Al- Za’tari.

For further information, please contact Damian Rance, Public Information Officer, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Sudan (rance@un.org / +249 912 392 562)

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