South Sudan

Security incident in South Sudan: Solidarités International calls upon the media for the utmost caution

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Published on Monday 18 December 2017

The aid organisation lost contact with three members of its team yesterday, Sunday 17 December, in Southern Sudan.

Following the publication of several press articles, SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL invites the media to be very cautious about the information published around this event.

SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL declares that it has lost contact with one of its teams, composed of two SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL staff and a private driver, who left yesterday Sunday 17 December at 8:30 am from our base in Raga, in north-west South Sudan, heading towards the city of Aweil.

Today, Monday 18, we have no verified information on the status of our vehicle and its passengers.

SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL also urges the utmost caution regarding the use of the term “kidnapping”, which cannot be confirmed.

The aid organisation, through the voice of its CEO Alexandre Giraud, wants to take distance from any other communication than ours. SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL reminds us that its sole objective is to recover our colleagues, who are committed aid workers.

“Our one and only objective is to find our colleagues as quickly as possible, safe and sound. We demand from the parties involved that they respect this objective and do not interfere in its completion,” says Alexandre Giraud, SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL CEO.

SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL strongly reminds all that the organization has been present in South Sudan since 2006 to provide people whose health and lives are at risk with dignified and vital humanitarian aid, in complete independence, impartiality and neutrality.

This action is only possible if international humanitarian law is respected.

CONTACT Renaud Douci
SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL’s Head of communications