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Minister condemns raid on WFP warehouse

By William Madouk

South Sudan Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management condemned the recent looting of World Food Programme (WFP) warehouse in Bor town of Jonglei State.

This comes after a group of armed youth broke into WFP compound on May 23, 2023, and looted a lorry loaded with sorghum.

The minister called on the state authority to provide security for humanitarian workers and facilities to enable them to reach the most vulnerable populations with lifesaving services.

“This is very unfortunate situation of such ‘senseless human right violation’ which continues to happen in Jonglei State,” the minister lamented.

He said as ministry, they are ‘alarmed’ of the repetitive attacks on aid staff, which could hamper provision of humanitarian assistance to the needy individuals.

The minister also added that government of South Sudan is committed to the core principles and ethics of humanitarian organizations, to protect aid workers.

“The government supports core humanitarian principles and ethics in facilitating delivering emergency aid and creating enabling environment for protection of aid operation to save lives,” he noted.

Jonglei state police Commissioner, Elia Costa told a local radio that the suspects stole about 148 bags from the lorry.

He also revealed that police pursuit has managed to capture two suspected youth linked to the looting.

Recently, the United State, Norway and United Kingdom condemned the attack on World Food Programme warehouse.

Troika also reiterated a call on the unity government to create conducive environment that is safe and effective for provision of assistance.






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