Humanitarians aid calls for end of violence against its workers  

Kei Kennedy, 28, is from the Great Equatoria in South Sudan, and works for NRC as a project officer. The photograph was taken during an emergency food distribution in Ngop last year. Photo: Albert Gonzalez Farran/NRC

South Sudan’s Humanitarian Country Team warns of a climate emergency and calls for an end to violence against aid workers. 

Today, 19th August, marked Humanitarian Day globally.

South Sudan is ranked among the five countries in the world most vulnerable to climate change, and populations across the country are already suffering the effects with devastating consequences, including disaster displacement.

Mr. Arafat Jamal, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan, said Climate change fuels conflict over shrinking resources and puts humanitarians in harm’s way.

He called for an end to violence against humanitarian workers and civilians. “Humanitarian workers must be able to reach people in remote safely and highly food-insecure areas and those in conflict- or flood-affected areas without the threat of attack. 

“Today, we pause to remember all humanitarian and aid workers whose lives were taken from them in the course of their humanitarian work,” Jamal said. “We also salute the courage of humanitarian workers serving in isolated and insecure locations, doing crucial and lifesaving work.

Last year, more than a million people were impacted by a second consecutive year of significant flooding, with women and children most affected. 

The UN said the situation is continuing to be felt, with a worsening food security situation, and some communities are now facing catastrophic needs. The levels of food insecurity and malnutrition are at the highest since independence ten years ago.

World Humanitarian Day said is an opportunity for all to re-commit to the values that underpin humanitarianism.

Five aid workers were reportedly killed in South Sudan this year include three medical professions.

 

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