Statement by Spokesperson Clayton M. McCleskey Expressing Condolences to the Victims of the Violence in South Sudan

For Immediate Release

Thursday, November 30, 2017
Office of Press Relations
Telephone: +1.202.712.4320 | Email: press@usaid.gov

 
The U.S. Agency for International Development condemns the recent intercommunal violence in South Sudan's Jonglei State on November 28 that resulted in at least 45 civilian deaths, including six humanitarian aid workers, as well as dozens of injuries. We extend our deepest condolences to the victims and their families.

We commend the courage and bravery of the aid workers, who worked with USAID partners implementing emergency programs. These heroes lost their lives while helping those in dire need. Due to the ongoing conflict between the Government and armed opposition as well as intercommunal clashes such as this, South Sudan is among the deadliest places on earth for humanitarian workers, who work at great personal risk to save lives. In total, 94 aid workers have been killed in South Sudan since the start of conflict in December 2013, including 27 killed so far this year.

We encourage all the communities involved to reject violence. More broadly, we call on all the parties to the conflict in South Sudan to stop obstructing and diverting humanitarian access and ensure the safety of all humanitarian staff so that assistance can reach those who need it most.

Last updated: November 30, 2017

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