Attack on humanitarian convoys is like biting the hands that feed you

Attack on humanitarian convoys is like biting the hands that feed you
Some of the residents of Bor IDP camp receive assistace from the humanitarian organisation. The IDPs are calling for security to help the resettle. [Photo: courtesy]

On Saturday, authorities in Jonglei State confirmed the attack on a humanitarian convoy by a group of unknown armed men.

The incident that happened on Friday is said to have taken place about 60 km from Anyidi Payam.

According to the statement from UNMISS, the convoy was passing through Macdit, 60 kilometres from Bor town, when a group of armed men emerged from the bushes and one opened fire on the UN vehicles.

Indeed, such an attack is likely to put at risk the lives of people who are in critical need of assistance.

It is senseless to attack a humanitarian convoy that is delivering services to those who are in critical condition. More so, they are punishing innocent people whose survival is under threat.

This is not the first time that a humanitarian convoy has been attacked in the country. This is one of the many attacks; unfortunately, not a single suspect has been arrested.  

The leaders should ensure that those behind the humanitarian attacks are apprehended and punished for their gross crimes.

We understand that it is not only South Sudan that has issues of insecurity.

In most countries in the continent, we have issues of armed civilians who are also causing havoc like the Karamojong in Uganda but those Karamojong warriors cannot attack humanitarian convoys when they know that the aid is going to benefit their people.

However, this is the opposite for armed civilians in South Sudan.

It makes no sense to attack a humanitarian convoy that is delivering services to rescue the lives of people in the communities.

Therefore, it is incumbent upon the authorities, especially the state governments ensure that any humanitarian personnel and assets are protected from the bandits.

Alternatively, they can protect the convoy, especially in the conflict-prone area. This would minimize the risk of being attacked.

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