The senior UN humanitarian official in South Sudan has called for law enforcement along the roads after the first murder of an aid worker in the country this year in an ambush in Budi, South Sudan. eastern Ecuador, Wednesday.
The aid worker was killed when attackers fired at a clearly identified aid vehicle that was part of a team of international non-governmental organizations and South Sudanese health workers visiting a health facility.
The team was driving from Chukudum to Kapoeta, Budi County, in an area that has seen several roadside ambushes this year.
The United Nations humanitarian coordinator in South Sudan, Alain Noudéhou, condemned the murder.
“I am shocked by this violent act and I extend my condolences to the family and colleagues of the deceased. Roads are a vital link between humanitarian organizations and communities in need, and we must be able to move safely across the country without fear, ”he said in a statement on Thursday.
“I call on the government to strengthen law enforcement along these roads.”
The incident marked the first murder of an aid worker in South Sudan in 2021. Nine aid workers were killed in 2020.
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