IOM halts Ebola screening after aid workers killed in South Sudan

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Thursday 31st October 2019 09:07:23 in English News by Xafiiska Hargeysa
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IOM halts Ebola screening after aid workers killed in South Sudan

The UN migration agency (IOM) has suspendedEbolascreenings at five border points between South Sudan, Uganda andDemocraticRepublic of Congo(DRC), after three of its aid workers were killed during clashes in South Sudan.

"The IOM volunteers, one female and two males, were caught in a crossfire during clashes that broke out" inSouth Sudan's CentralEquatoriaregion, IOMsaidin a statement on Wednesday.

"Two other male volunteers suffered non-life threatening injuries, one of whom is recovering from a gunshot wound," the statement added.

IOM's aid volunteers were working at Ebola screening points in border areas between South Sudan, Uganda, and DRC, where an ongoing outbreak of the virus has killed thousands of people since August 2018.



During the attack a female volunteer and the four-year-old son of the murdered female aid worker were abducted, the IOM said, adding that their whereabouts were unknown.

IOM Director-General Antonio Vitorino expressed "great pain and revulsion".

"We grieve alongside our staff in South Sudan, for the families of the victims and reiterate that humanitarians and civilians are not and should never be subjected to such heinous acts of violence - we are not a target," said Mr Vitorino.

The UN humanitarian agency OCHA also condemned the killings in a statement, adding that it was the first reported killing of aid workers in South Sudan since 2018.

 

We strongly condemn the killing of three IOM aid workers during a clash between armed groups in South Sudan.

Humanitarians are .

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