South Sudan Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 7 | 30 July 2018
• A demonstration by young people led to violence against humanitarians and assets in Bunj town, Maban County.
• Threatening letter presented by youth in Malakal PoC sites against aid workers from Equatoria region.
• Humanitarian assistance reach thousands of people in central Unity after series of challenges to reache them in July 2018.
• New Guinea worm cases reported in Rumbek Center and Rumbek North counties after Government announced an end to the diease in March 2018.
• Inter-agency assessment and response mission conducted to address needs of IDPs in Tambura.
Violence in Bunj: 400 aid workers relocated
On 23 July, a peaceful demonstration by young people quickly turned into violence against humanitarians and humanitarian assets. The groups were demonstrating about a lack of jobs, and accused South Sudanese nationals from other regions of taking most of the humanitarian jobs in Maban.
Several NGO bases were set on fire by the demonstrators, while at least 26 vehicles belonging to UN agencies and NGOs were vandalized. Several humanitarian warehouses and the accommodation of staff members were looted.
One NGO announced that it had suspended activities in Maban County, after armed men stormed one of its compounds. They stole property, burnt down a tent full of equipment, and destroyed most of the vehicles and communication devices.
Most of the NGOs’ medical support to the host communities and the Sudanese refugees and displaced people in the Maban area has been stopped, affecting some 88,000 people.
The organization condemned the brutal attack and called for respect and protection of humanitarian workers and health facilities.
Nearly 400 aid workers of 29 humanitarian organizations, including five UN agencies, were relocated from Bunj to Juba.
In a press release, on 23 July, the Humanitarian Coordinator a.i., Adnan Khan, strongly condemned the attacks on aid workers and facilities in Maban. He said: “Aid workers, regardless of where they are from, sacrifice their time and all too often their safety to save people affected by the South Sudan crisis. They are free to work in any part of the country in line with the law of the land.” He called on all authorities to ensure the safety and security of humanitarian workers in areas under their control across the country, and to work to prevent future threats against them.
Over 144,000 refugees from Sudan live in four refugee camps in Maban County and are relying on humanitarian assistance for their survival.