Humanitarian Coordinator gravely concerned over six missing aid workers in South Sudan

Report
from UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Published on 19 Dec 2017

(Juba, 19 December 2017): The Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan, Alain Noudéhou has expressed grave concern over six aid workers who went missing on Sunday, 17 December 2017, on the road between Wau and Raja in South Sudan’s Western Bahr el Ghazal region.

The six aid workers, including one international and five national staff, working for two international and one national aid organisations, were travelling on Raja-Wau road when they went missing. There were reports of armed clashes at the time of the incident. The aid agencies were implementing food security, livelihoods, health, and nutrition interventions in a region with some of the highest malnutrition rates in South Sudan.

The Humanitarian Coordinator calls for the swift and safe return of the missing aid workers. He also reiterates the requirement on all parties to respect the neutrality of on-going humanitarian operations and facilitate safe and unhindered access for humanitarian workers providing lifesaving aid to vulnerable people throughout the country.

For further information, please contact:
Frank Nyakairu, nyakairu@un.org/+211 922 4060 12
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