NGOs to evacuate their staff as youth demand EEO in Renk, Upper Nile State

Unemployed youths threaten to attack humanitarian workers in Renk |Photo: Thessherald

Oct 23, 2020 (Thessherald)–Aid agencies are reported to have ordered immediate evacuations of their essential employees as the youth demanding Equal Employment Opportunities (EEO) in NGO jobs threaten to attack NGOs in Renk County, Upper Nile State.

“An emergency evacuation is reported in Renk County, Upper Nile region where international and National NGOs are relocating their staff to safe areas and be prepared for immediate evacuation,” according to a reliable source.

This is not the first time the youth have decried employment discrimination in the Upper Nile region.

In 2018, aid agencies suspended and scaled down most of their services after a group of young people from the Maban community staged violent protests that turned into widespread looting of humanitarian assets in Maban County.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs strongly condemned the attack on humanitarian workers.

Alain Noudehou, humanitarian coordinator in South Sudan, cautioned that violence against humanitarian workers is “categorically unacceptable” and must stop.

“We are doing everything we can to ensure the members of the Relief International team receive the assistance and support they need at this difficult time.”

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