Juba/New York, June 15, 2016 (SSNA) — The United Nations’ Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on Wednesday released its update report on violence crimes against aid workers in war zones, specifically in the violence-ravaged South Sudan.
The report concludes that violence attacks against humanitarian personnel have increased last month.
“Violent incidents – including shooting, ambushes, assaults, harassment and robberies – increased during May,” OCHA said in a statement.
“Road and river travel for humanitarians continues to be hazardous,” the UN noticed.
The report further stated that at least 29 vehicles belonging to humanitarian groups have been stopped and robbed, adding that 74 aid agency compounds or offices have also been looted.
One local UN official told the South Sudan News Agency (SSNA) in Juba that “spike in attacks on humanitarian workers in South Sudan is a trouble sign since the world expects crimes to go down after South Sudan’s rival leaders agreed to work together to implement the internationally-brokered peace deal.”
At least 55 aid workers have been killed in South Sudan since the civil broke out in mid-December 2013, according to the United Nations.
The latest report raises questions whether or the recently formed Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) will change anything about increase in violence crimes against humanitarian organizations.