UN sad over killing of 2 WSI local staff members in Darfur

Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The United Nations office in Sudan on Sunday expressed sadness over the killing of two local staff members of an international non-governmental organization, World Vision International, in clashes in Darfur region.

“The United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan, Mr. Ali Al-Za'tari, expressed the sadness over the killing, in Nyala, South Darfur, of two Sudanese staff members of the World Vision International. A third World Vision staff member was also critically injured during the fighting between Government forces and an armed group, according to a press release by the UN office here Sunday.

It said Mr. Al-Za’tari had also expressed the same feelings for the human and material losses that afflicted Nyala and its inhabitants as a result to the horrific events it has gone through.

“My deepest sympathies and condolences go to the families of those killed and injured,"the release quoted Mr. Al-Za’tari as saying, adding “The events which led to the deaths of our world Vision colleagues - a shoot-out in an urban area of Darfur’s most populated city - highlights the continuing unstable security in this region that threatens to disrupt the flow of the much needed humanitarian assistance, destabilise reconciliation efforts and derail progress towards greater economic and social development.

"If humanitarian work in Darfur is forced to scale back because of the unsafe and insecure conditions for our staff and partners, then many more people in Darfur will suffer.”    

The UN official argued that humanitarian workers in Darfur were in Darfur to improve the lives of others and that therefore they “should not have to pay for their noble work with their own blood”.

“I insist on all parties to this conflict to respect their obligation to protect humanitarian workers and other civilians. I urge the Sudanese Government to launch an investigation and bring the perpetrators of this murder to justice,” the release quoted Al-Za’tari, as stressing.
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07 july 2013 14:02:32

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