(Juba, 26 April 2018): Ten aid workers have gone missing outside South Sudan’s Yei town in
Central Equatoria region.
Their convoy was en route to Tore from Yei town, early on 25 April to conduct a
humanitarian needs assessment. Their whereabouts and well-being are unknown. The
Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan, Alain Noudehou demanded their swift return.
“We are deeply concerned about the whereabouts of these humanitarian workers and are
urgently seeking information about their well-being,” said Mr. Noudehou. “These
individuals, UN and NGO staff, are here to help the people of South Sudan and should not be
targeted. Our colleagues must be released without condition so that their work can continue.”
The ten humanitarian staff, all nationals, include one from UNOCHA, two from UNICEF,
one from the South Sudanese Development Organisation, (SSDO), two from ACROSS, three
from Plan International and one from Action Africa Help (AAH).
“I firmly condemn the latest attack against colleagues engaged in emergency humanitarian
assistance in Central Equatoria and call on all parties to the conflict in South Sudan to ensure a
safe and secure environment, conducive to the delivery of assistance,” said Mr. Noudehou.
This is the second incident involving aid workers being held by armed groups in April alone, and
the third in six months.