World Vision Indefinitely Suspends Operations In South Sudan’s Unity State Over Escalating Conflict

Residents displaced due to the recent fighting between government and rebel forces in Malakal wait at a World Food Program outpost where thousands have taken shelter in Kuernyang Payam, South Sudan, on May 2, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Denis Dumo
Residents displaced due to the recent fighting between government and rebel forces in Malakal wait at a World Food Program outpost where thousands have taken shelter in Kuernyang Payam, South Sudan, on May 2, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Denis Dumo

Amid killings, rapes and abductions, the international evangelical humanitarian agency World Vision indefinitely suspended its operations in South Sudan’s Unity State over the escalating conflict.

Multiple other aid agencies, including Doctors Without Borders, have taken similar action.

On Wednesday (May 13), gunmen torched towns in some of the heaviest fighting in the 17-month-long conflict in the predominantly Christian country.

World Vision partnered with the United Nations to distribute shelter materials and other emergency relief supplies, including food, water and sanitation services, and mosquito nets.

In addition, the organization’s nutrition programs target children under age 5.

Samar Abboud, the group’s acting national director, said aid workers could no longer work in Unity State under the circumstances.

“We estimate that more than 10,000 children under 5 face malnutrition and nearly 300,000 throughout Unity State are left in need of aid.”

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SOURCE: Religion News Service
Fredrick Nzwili

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