The UN’s humanitarian coordinator, Eugene Owusu confirms that six aid workers were killed in an ambush in South Sudan on Saturday, March 25, 2017 as they were traveling from Juba to Pibor. He said:
“I am appalled and outraged by the heinous murder yesterday of six courageous humanitarians in South Sudan. These attacks against aid workers and aid assets are utterly reprehensible. They not only put the lives of aid workers at risk, they also threaten the lives of thousands of South Sudanese who rely on our assistance for their survival” Owusu said.
He said the ambush comes at a time when humanitarian needs have reached an unprecedented level in the troubled country.
12 aid workers have been killed so far this year in South Sudan and about 5 million people are suffering from famine in the war-torn country