4 Kenyans among six aid workers killed in South Sudan
NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 28 – Four Kenyans are among six aid workers killed in an ambush on March 25 in South Sudan.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs says efforts are currently underway by South Sudan security agents in conjunction with officials from GREDO and UNICEF to recover the bodies of the victims.
“The ministry is actively engaging all stakeholders to ascertain the exact circumstances leading to this tragedy” CS Amina Mohamed said Tuesday.
The aid workers were killed as they travelled in convoy from the capital Juba to the eastern town of Pibor.
Their attackers stopped the car, forced them out and then they were “shot and killed.”
Three years of civil war in South Sudan have seen warring parties deny access to aid, attack humanitarian workers and loot relief supplies.
It has also displaced about 2.5 million people and created a devastating humanitarian crisis, including a famine that has already affected 100,000 people and is threatening to reach up to a million.
According to OCHA, it was the highest number of aid workers killed in a single incident since the conflict began in December 2013 in the world’s youngest country.
The ambush follows two other attacks on aid workers this month.
On March 14, a health worker and a patient were killed in an attack on a humanitarian convoy responding to a cholera outbreak in the central town of Yirol.
And four days earlier, local staff of an international NGO were detained by armed rebels and released four days later during fighting in the northern area of Mayendit.