UNICEF strongly condemns deadly attack on aid convoy in Central Equatoria State, South Sudan
Two trucks were attacked Saturday morning while returning to Juba after delivering crucial aid supplies for children and their families to Yei in Central Equatoria State.
Two contracted drivers were shot and killed and another injured. Both empty trucks were burnt and destroyed.
UNICEF is appalled by the attack and strongly condemns the incident.
“The safety and security of staff and contractors is of the utmost importance. When attacks occur, it is children and women, in desperate need of assistance who suffer the most,” said Hamida Lasseko, UNICEF South Sudan Representative.
“Our deepest condolences and sympathies are with the families of the drivers, who so frequently are in the firing line of these needless attacks. Incidents like this threatens the safe delivery of aid across the country by all humanitarian actors and must stop.”
Due to the attack, UNICEF has paused movement of supplies to the area and urges the Government to step up security on the roads and bring those responsible to justice.
UNICEF is working closely with the humanitarian community and authorities to ensure distribution of life-saving medical, nutrition, WASH and education supplies can continue, with safety of the dedicated contractors who deliver them secured.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
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