JUBA, (Xinhua) --
South Sudan peace monitors on Thursday decried
increased attacks on humanitarian workers and called on
authorities to investigate the latest attacks at the Maban camp
in northern Upper Nile in which aid workers were injured.
The Joint Monitoring
and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) also expressed its outrage and
strongly condemned the attack on humanitarian workers and the
destruction of facilities and equipment at the Maban camp.
“Attacks on aid
workers who diligently offer their services to alleviate the
suffering of people of South Sudan, are deeply regrettable and
indeed a violation of the Agreement on the Cessation of
Hostilities, Protection of Civilians and Humanitarian Access
signed in December 2017,” the peace monitors said in a joint
Relief agencies have
said the current wave of attacks on its workers including
civilians Maban County which has no military or police presence,
is symptomatic of the brutal violence that has characterized the
conflict in South Sudan since December 2013.
Maban County is home
to a major aid operation providing life-saving relief to over
thousands of refugees and local communities
The peace monitors
said the latest attack at Maban camp is one of the many other
attacks that targeted aid workers in the country in the recent
past, including killings of personnel.
“JMEC calls on the
authorities to carry out an independent investigation into the
attack and to hold those responsible to account,” it said.
South Sudan has been
embroiled in more than three years of conflict that has have
taken a devastating toll on the people of South Sudan.
The conflict has
displaced some 4 million people internally and externally, with
the UN warning that another 7 million people remain severely
South Sudan to probe attacks on
UN aid workers
JUBA, (Xinhua) --
The South Sudanese government on Wednesday
announced creation of a high-level security committee to probe
the recent attacks on aid workers and facilities in the Upper
South Sudan’s Interior Minister, said President Salva Kiir
authorized formation of the high-level committee to investigate
the latest attack on aid workers.
formed a high-level facts-finding committee that will go to the
ground and investigate the details of the attack,” Chiengjiek
told reporters in Juba.
The minister said
the meeting condemned the burning of the international
organization headquarters in Maban, located in the Upper Nile
On Monday, youth in
Maban attacked aid workers and facilities in the northwestern
part of the country to protest lack of job opportunities for
local communities, triggering a violent confrontation with
The UNHCR and UN
humanitarian agency in South Sudan condemned the violent attacks
on Monday. International medical charity Doctors without Borders
(MSF) announced suspension of its medical activities in the
region on Tuesday.
According to UNHCR,
South Sudan hosts nearly 300,000 refugees, mostly from Kordofan
and Blue Nile States. Over 144,000 of those refugees live in
four camps in Maban County.
UN said thousands of
humanitarian agencies are providing aid to millions of people in
South Sudan affected by war, hunger and disease in one of the
world’s worst humanitarian crises.
conflict that has now entered its fifth year erupted in 2013
after forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and his former deputy
Riek Machar engaged in combat.
The 2015 peace
agreement to end the violence was again violated in July 2016
when the rival factions resumed fighting in the capital, Juba,
forcing Machar to flee into exile.
Millions of South
Sudan’s civilians have sought refuge in neighboring countries as
the conflict rages on despite attempts by international players
to end it.