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Violence against aid workers threatens UN efforts in South Sudan

United Nations, Oct 28 (Prensa Latina) Increasing violence against humanitarian workers today threatens efforts to reach some 6.8 million men, women and children in need of UN assistance in South Sudan.

A dozen such incidents were recorded in September alone, according to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Despite these challenges, UN staff and partners gave aids to at least four million people in the country, but the needs are growing.

As of this week, some 333,000 displaced people fleeing the war in Sudan have arrived in South Sudan, adding to the inflation in the face of an underfunded humanitarian response.

Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for Secretary-General António Guterres, warned the day before that the 2023 Humanitarian Response Plan seeks nearly $1.7 billion but is only just over 50 percent funded, with two months left in the year.

“As a result, humanitarian partners are forced to shift priorities and even ended some assistance programs,” he added.

Ratings place South Sudan as the most dangerous country for humanitarian missions with 40 attacks and 22 deaths as of August 2023.

Neighboring Sudan ranks second, with 17 attacks and 19 deaths by that date.