US condemns attack on humanitarian convoy in South Sudan

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Oct 10, 2020 (Thessherald)–The Trump administration has strongly condemned the recent unjustified attack on a convoy of boats belonging to the World Food Program on the Nile River in Lakes State, and called on the relevant authorities to urgently investigate the incident.

“The United States is deeply concerned by the attack on a United Nations World Food Program (WFP) humanitarian cargo convoy in South Sudan this week. As a result of this attack, an aid worker remains missing and three are injured,” said Morgan Ortagus, US Department Spokesperson

Morgan Ortagus

The United States offers its sympathy to the families of the missing victims, who are feared to have been killed by the attackers.

“We express our sympathy to the family of the missing aid worker and wish the wounded a full and swift recovery. Humanitarian aid workers in South Sudan and throughout the region work under extremely challenging conditions to assist some of the world’s most vulnerable men, women, and children.”

The Department of State urges the South Sudanese government to investigate the matter and hold those responsible responsible.

“This is the second attack on humanitarian cargo vessels in this area in the past two months. We call on the Government of South Sudan to investigate this attack fully and expeditiously and provide the security necessary to ensure the safety of aid workers who are delivering critical life-saving services and assistance.”

“The United States is the largest single donor of humanitarian assistance to the people of South Sudan, providing nearly $907 million in humanitarian aid in FY 2020 through UN and NGO partners.”

The US government renews its readiness to support with the people of South Sudan in their quest for a lasting solution to address their challenges.

“We continue to stand with the South Sudanese people to help address their ongoing humanitarian needs and demonstrate the long-term commitment of the U.S. Government and international community to South Sudan’s stability.”