A U.N. World Food Program staff member was killed Saturday (Aug. 4) in South Kordofan, just days after armed men looted one of its offices in Kutum, North Darfur.
Jamal Al Fadil Farag Allah, a Sudanese national, died after two unidentified men attacked the marked U.N. vehicle he was driving. The incident occurred some 80 kilometers north of the state capital, Kadugli, WFP spokeswoman Amor Almagro said in a press release.
Saad Yousif, a WFP staff member who was with Allah in the vehicle, survived and is currently receiving medical attention.
WFP condemned the incident. Humanitarian workers getting attacked while addressing hunger in countries like Sudan is “unacceptable,” WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin said.
The attack happened on the same day Khartoum agreed to allow aid to the border states of South Kordofan and Blue Nile, a decision WFP welcomes, Almagro said to Devex. The program is among those that have been advocating full access to the two states.
But while WFP is now planning to send aid to the two states in consultation with the government, it has decided to suspend operations in Kutum, North Darfur, where its office was looted Thursday (Aug. 2). None of the staff members were hurt, but Almagro said the situation remains “tense” and “unpredictable.”
The Kutum office is responsible for delivering food aid to an estimated 70,000 vulnerable people in the area.
WFP is liaising with local authorities, UNAMID and other U.N. agencies operating in Kutum. Operations will resume once the agency has assessed that it is already safe for staff members to continue aid work in the region, Almagro said.
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