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NAIROBI — Unidentified assailants took the lives of six aid workers in South Sudan on Saturday, the highest number killed in a single incident since South Sudan's conflict began in December 2013, according to the United Nations.
Working for a local NGO called GREDO, they were killed in the Magri area of Central Equatoria State, as they traveled from South Sudan's capital, Juba, to the town of Pibor.
Humanitarian Coordinator demands perpetrators of attacks against aid workers be held to account.
Aid organizations are working to scale up the famine response in central and southern Unity.
Fighting and insecurity across the Equatorias continue to uproot tens of thousands of civilians.
Thousands of people remain displaced following clashes in Jonglei, which resulted in killings, destruction, gender-based violence and recruitment of child soldiers.
Following is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message on the International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members, observed on 25 March:
I condemn in the strongest possible terms the killing of six humanitarian aid workers in an ambush in South Sudan on Saturday, 25 March. This is the third serious attack against aid workers this month alone. Since the start of the conflict in December 2013, attacks against aid workers have continued with impunity and at least 79 aid workers have lost their lives. This is completely unacceptable and must stop now, especially at a time when humanitarian needs have reached unprecedented levels.
As the United Nations marked the International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff on 25 March, United Nations personnel continued to be arrested and detained by the authorities, at times without any reason given for their detention. At the same time, they continued to be abducted by armed groups seeking to assert their power or to exert pressure.
Amman, 25 March 2017
The United Nations marked the International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members with a renewed call for the immediate release or information of over two dozen staff still being held in detention or missing in Syria.
Attacks on Medical Units
Deliberate attacks against medical units, personnel, and patients in Syria reached an unprecedented level in 2016. Breaches of International Humanitarian Law have become commonplace, and impunity the norm.
The impunity for serious violation of IHL committed during the conflict in Syria has created a fertile ground for further violations and abuses on a wider and evermore devastating scale.
In 2016, WHO and partners recorded confirmed reports of 338 attacks on healthcare facilities.
The United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for South Sudan, David Shearer has urged the South Sudanese government to investigate and apprehend the killers of six aid workers on Saturday.
The staff from a national non-governmental organization were reportedly ambushed in their vehicle in a government-controlled area on the Juba-Pibor road on Saturday morning. Their bodies were found on the road by others members of the convoy who were some way behind.
(Juba, 26 March 2017): The Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan, Eugene Owusu, has strongly condemned the killing of six aid workers in an ambush on 25 March. The aid workers were travelling from Juba to Pibor.
“I am appalled and outraged by the heinous murder yesterday of six courageous humanitarians in South Sudan,” said Mr. Owusu. “At a time when humanitarian needs have reached unprecedented levels, it is entirely unacceptable that those who are trying to help are being attacked and killed.”
25 mars 2017 – À l'occasion de la Journée internationale de solidarité avec les membres du personnel détenus et disparus, le Secrétaire général des Nations Unies, António Guterres, a indiqué que l'ONU était toujours sans nouvelle du sort de deux membres du Groupe d'experts sur la République démocratique du Congo (RDC).
Toronto, ON- A doctor was killed today by a chemical agent while operating on a patient. A barrel bomb with a chemical agent hit the front entrance of the Latamneh Hospital in Hama and entered causing severe respiratory and neurological injuries to many staff members. The gas attack killed Dr. Ali Darwish, a specialist orthopedic surgeon, while he was in the operating room. Dr. Darwish, aware of the gas that had entered, refused to leave his patient and continued operating until he fell unconscious and succumbed to pulmonary edema.
Des efforts accrus sont nécessaires pour retrouver les deux enquêteurs et les quatre Congolais dans le Kasaï
(Kinshasa) – Le gouvernement de la République démocratique du Congo devrait coopérer pleinement avec les efforts des Nations Unies pour localiser l’équipe du Groupe d’experts de l’ONU portée disparue depuis le 12 mars 2017 dans la province du Kasaï-Central, a déclaré Human Rights Watch aujourd’hui.
Stepped-Up Efforts Needed to Find 2 Investigators, 4 Congolese in Kasai
(Kinshasa) – The Democratic Republic of Congo government should fully cooperate with United Nations efforts to locate a UN Group of Experts team that has been missing since March 12, 2017, in Kasai Central province, Human Rights Watch said today.
Haute Kotto and Ouaka Prefectures remain areas of tension in need of assistance from the humanitarian community
Insecurity is hindering humanitarian action. By the end of February, the 2017 Humanitarian Response Plan has only received 5% of the expected resources required for 2017. However, the humanitarian community remains ready to assist the areas of tension in spite of the humanitarian action's chronic under funding.
# displaced persons 402,240
Mali: MSF warns about the use of humanitarian aid for political and military interests
The incursion of military and political actors in the humanitarian field is putting the provision of humanitarian aid at risk in Mali. This is the main conclusion of a report published this week by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) which analyses the continuous and harmful instrumentalisation of humanitarian aid in the country.
23 March 2017
Permanent Representative Rejects Allegations of Sexual Abuse by Government Forces, Claims Sanctions Will Fuel Tensions
Expressing its deep alarm at the situation in South Sudan, the Security Council today renewed its condemnation of fighting in that country, stressing that there was no military solution to the conflict.
The undersigned international and national NGOs and respective NGO coordination fora welcome the fact that the international community, under the impetus of the EU, is convening in Brussels to address and respond to the Syria crisis.
600 Mauritanian refugees who expressed their interest in being naturalised have their file being handled by a legal consulting company that supports the naturalization process
50 Protection incidents have been reported in north and central regions of Mali since January 2017
USD 40 million requested for the operation