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Plan International condemns killing of humanitarian aid worker in South Sudan

The aid worker was attacked by armed men near the town of Pibor on Thursday, October 29, and died from gunshot wounds at the scene. 

The incident occurred as a team of Plan International nutrition staff were returning from delivering live-saving food and nutritional supplements to children and new mothers affected by violence and flooding in the area.

Another member of staff was also injured in the attack and airlifted to Juba for medical care.

WE CONDEMN THIS ATTACK IN THE STRONGEST POSSIBLE TERMS.

“Our thoughts and condolences are with the family and friends of our colleague, who was killed while delivering vital humanitarian aid,” said George Otim, Plan International Country Director for South Sudan. “Our ground staff and volunteers play a critical role in delivering humanitarian assistance to some of the most vulnerable and hard-to-reach communities in the world, and have supported our mission in South Sudan with huge courage despite the volatile situation.

Attacks against humanitarian aid workers are a violation of international humanitarian law. Aid workers should never be a target and we condemn this horrific attack in the strongest possible terms. Their safety and security must be guaranteed, so they can deliver humanitarian assistance to communities in need without fear of violence.”

Plan International has temporarily suspended all operations in the area while it re-assesses security measures.

  

About Plan International USA
Powered by supporters, Plan International USA partners with adolescent girls, young women and children around the world to overcome oppression and gender inequality, providing the support and resources that are unique to their needs and the needs of their communities, ensuring they achieve their full potential with dignity, opportunity and safety. Founded in 1937, Plan is an independent development and humanitarian organization that is active in more than 80 countries.

 

MEDIA CONTACT:

Robin Costello
401-829-2796 (mobile)
Robin.Costello@planusa.org

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