Aid workers face volatile security situations, says UN boss

Aid workers face volatile security situations, says UN boss
A healthcare worker walks past a woman fetching water in one of the settlements in PAA. The area has been devastated by lack of healthcare after aid workers were evacuated. (photo credit: courtesy)

The Special Representative of the UN Security-General to South Sudan and head of UNMISS, Nicholas Haysom, said the security situation in the country still remains volatile for aid workers.

Haysom said the number of aid workers killed in South Sudan is higher than in any other country in the world.

He was addressing the media in Juba yesterday.

Haysom stressed that most of the aid workers being targeted are ordinary South Sudanese national staff who are basically involved in food aid delivery.

“Your own South Sudanese communities are becoming increasingly the target of bandits across the country. I don’t know what else we can do to describe what’s happening,” Haysom said.

The UNMISS chief added that most of the bandits loot UN tracks, take property, and kill the drivers and aid workers.

“This is not something that you know the international communities are keeping for themselves.”

At least 11 aid workers were killed in South Sudan last year, making the country the deadliest place in the world to be a humanitarian worker, according to UNMISS Chief.

The analysis done by Care International highlights the dangers facing humanitarians as 44 aid workers have lost their lives across the world since the beginning of 2022.

According to the data from the humanitarian outcomes Aid workers security Database, 25 percent of the victims are from South Sudan, ranking the country first among the world’s deadliest places for aid workers including Afghanistan and Myanmar.

The report notes that the three nations are not only among the most dangerous places for aid workers but are also in dire need of humanitarian assistance.