UNICEF statement on killing of aid workers in South Sudan

27th March 2017

NEW YORK, 27 March 2017 – All of us at UNICEF are shocked by the senseless killing of staff belonging to our partner organisation, the Grassroots Empowerment and Development Organisation. The humanitarian workers were travelling in a car that was clearly marked as belonging to a non–governmental organization.

We are appalled that humanitarians working to improve the lives of the vulnerable in South Sudan were so brutally targeted and call on the authorities to find and hold accountable those responsible.

GREDO is working on community-based reintegration programmes, supporting children released from armed forces and groups.

We offer our deepest condolences to the families and colleagues of the victims.

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