Aid workers call for quick implementation of peace deal
By Kitab A Unango
Humanitarian organizations operating in the country have called on parties to the Revitalized Peace Agreement to speed-up implementation of the accord to allow aid workers do their “live-saving jobs.”
Alain Noudehou, Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan urged parties to the agreement to ensure there is peace so that thousands of people in need in the country are reached with assistance.
“I take this opportunity to call upon political leaders who are part of the Revitalized Peace Agreement to set across its successful implementation for sustainability in South Sudan,” Alain said.
He made the remarks during the annual humanitarian day celebration in Juba on Monday.
This year in South Sudan, the day was commemorated to honor crucial roles of women humanitarian workers and challenges they face in the course of executing their duties in the country.
He acknowledged the current trend of stability in the country saying leaders should ensure it holds to allow South Sudanese to return home to rebuild their lives.
Manase Lomole Waya, Chairperson of South Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Commission said women in humanitarian agencies were operating under difficult conditions in the country.
He said despite experiencing challenges such as sexual abuse and assaults, women serving in aid organizations have continued to ensure that their services reached people in need, especially pregnant women.
“We are all aware that members of humanitarian organizations work under difficult conditions risking their lives. In South Sudan, it is in record that since 2013 we have lost 112 humanitarian workers,” Lomole said.
“Women particularly in South Sudan take risk for the sake of their families, communities and humanity. The women humanitarian workers in South Sudan are in record of being courageous and going to the frontlines to provide services to people who are in need,” he added.
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in 2018 said about 100 aid workers were killed in South Sudan since the onset of the civil war in 2013.