Red Cross condemns attack of its workers in Torit

South Sudan Red Cross staff meeting community members.

South Sudan Red Cross has condemned the youth attack of office at Torit Eastern Equatoria State. Unidentified mob crowds attack Red Cross on May 31st, assaulting humanitarian workers.  

Six staff and two volunteer members were reportedly assaulted, forcing the branch to suspend its activities over an incident temporarily.  The motive of the attack remains unclear. 

Secretary-General of South Sudan Red Cross John Labor says the attack on humanitarian workers was unacceptable. He announced his office is engaging the community to resolve the matter.  

It is not the first-time humanitarians’ workers suffered attacks in South Sudan. Several incidents related to intimidation and killing of aid workers have been reported in some parts of the country.  

“We call the community leaders and authorities to ensure the safety of our staff, volunteers, and property to facilitate Red Cross’s work,” said John. 

The police department confirmed that investigating is underway to hold perpetrators accountable. 

Justine Kelopas Takuru Police spokesperson in Eastern Equatoria state narrated the incident occurred at Omoliha market MTN center; although the victim was beaten, he is safe.  

“Angry youths confiscate vehicle keys from the driver. We are following the law, according to the statement of the investigation,” Kelopas said. 

South Sudan Red Cross has been working in Torit Eastern Equatoria State since 2004 on nutrition, health, water, and sanitation programs.  

Last month, Monye-Miji petitioned the ministry of public service, labor, and human resource development demanding fair employment in the NGOs sector in the counties of greater Torit. 

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