The World Food Program says it has temporarily halted its operations in the northern part of Jonglei state, Southern Sudan, after one of the agency’s staff members was killed in an attack in the area on Friday (April 22).
The agency’s staff are being moved to Bor, WFP’s coordinator in Southern Sudan, Leo Van Der Velden, said.
Santino Pigga Alex Wani, WFP senior program assistant, died in an ambush by unknown assailants in Duk County. Santino started working with WFP in 2004.
The killing comes after two staff members of the International Organization for Migration went missing on April 19. They were reportedly forced to drive into an area of active conflict.
United Nations humanitarian chief Valerie Amos has condemned these attacks against aid workers in Southern Sudan.
“These incidents demonstrate complete disregard for the safety and security of humanitarian personnel and I condemn them in the strongest possible terms,” Amos said in a statement.
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