Fifty-nine access incidents were reported in June, with the majority (66 per cent) occurring in Unity, Western Bahr el Ghazal, Central Equatoria and Jonglei. 68 per cent of the organizations reporting being affected are INGOs and over recent months, incidents involving violence against aid workers and assets have remained the majority, at around 60 per cent. Again this month, aid operations in Western Bahr el Ghazal have continued to be impeded by blockages and bureaucratic challenges – a situation which has persisted since the start of 2018.
In June, three aid workers were killed in clearly marked vehicles in Rubkona and Mayom counties of Unity, bringing the number of aid workers killed in the country since January 2018 to ten. There were six looting incidents reported affecting delivery of nutrition, FSL and health activities to thousands of people in Wau, Western Bahr el Ghazal, Rubkona and Pariang in Unity, Mundri East in Western Equatoria and Pibor in Jonglei. Eleven aid workers were relocated due to insecurity from Melut while on mission to Manyo to conduct a registration and verification exercise of the reported 8,500 IDPs who were displaced by fighting. During the month, government security forces blocked five trucks carrying humanitarian supplies to IDPs reported to number around 18,000 in Kajo-Keji county. In Yei, a humanitarian convoy travelling on a response mission to Lasu Refugee camp was ambushed by armed men near Kegulu, consequently the mission was suspended.
In Mundri West, an NGO team was ambushed by armed men, while delivering nutrition supplies and medical drugs to Bangolo clinic. Some humanitarian supplies were looted during the incident. In Rubkona, community leaders in the Bentiu PoC site continue to demand contracts for volunteers and an increase in casual labor rates. As a result, clinics and community centres, serving thousands of people in the PoC, were closed during the month by the community leaders. Negotiation to resolve the labour issue at the PoC site continues.