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South Sudan is endangering lives of civilians, aid workers in Malakal – World Vision

Author : mathya | Published: Friday, February 21, 2014

The NGO, World Vision, says the fighting in South Sudan is endangering the lives of civilians and aid workers in Malakal. 

The Program Director, Perry Mansfield, said “renewed hostilities between the opposition and government forces are likely to jeopardize the security of civilians and aid workers including World Vision staff”.

He said “both parties should end hostilities immediately to prevent more bloodshed and a worsening humanitarian situation in the country”.

The communication officer, Michael Arunga, told Eye Radio yesterday that some of their offices were looted.

He said it is important for World Vision to carry out their operations in a secure environment to reach those who are in need of humanitarian assistance.

“As humanitarian agencies our concern is to reach out there especially the children who are suffering,” he said.

Mr Arunga, who was in Malakal last week, said they’ve lost a lot of property.

“Our offices are broken into and our property has been carried away; that is an indication of insecurity.”

Mr Arunga said World Vision’s response team based within the Malakal UN compound has provided humanitarian assistance to thousands of displaced people.

World Vision programs cover health, nutrition, food security, economic development, water, sanitation, education, peace building and emergency response.

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