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Aid Worker Killed in South Sudan

The aid worker was killed in Maban County, in the east of Upper Nile state.
The aid worker was killed in Maban County, in the east of Upper Nile state.

A humanitarian aid worker was shot and killed Monday in Upper Nile state in South Sudan, as talks to restore peace in the country resumed in Addis Ababa.

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said the aid worker was killed by a militia group that calls itself the Mabanese Defense Forces. The group and deserters from the army have been moving around the town of Bunj, going to humanitarian organizations' offices and asking if they have any Nuer employees, UNMISS said.

Toby Lanzer, the U.N. humanitarian coordinator in South Sudan, said in a statement that he was "appalled and saddened" by news of the aid worker's death. 

Lanzer expressed concern at the deteriorating security conditions in Maban County, where aid is being provided to 127,000 refugees and their host communities.

"In the past days, violence and harassment of civilians and aid workers – including based on their identity – has increased in the area," he said.

"Such crimes put the humanitarian operation in Maban at risk, jeopardizing the lives of tens of thousands of men, women and children who count on aid organizations for their survival," the head of the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in South Sudan said.

In a separate statement, the U.N. said it was concerned about the deteriorating security situation in Bunj and condemned the targeted killing of civilians "by members of this militia."

The U.N. called on the government of South Sudan and the authorities in Upper Nile state - including the SPLA - to do more to protect civilians and "rein in the militia elements before the situation descends into lawlessness."

The United Nations has no military or police presence in Bunj.

UNMISS did not release the name of the slain aid worker.

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by: Justice Kim Johnson from: Nairobi
August 05, 2014 11:06 AM
Rest in peace Gabriel Yien...you are great man in Akobo and nuer at large
Death is an evitable... We will not forget you bro... Nuer are warrior.
They will smell it worsen than anybody when time come

by: Arok da Amou from: Juba
August 04, 2014 6:21 PM
Bravo to mabanese defence force for their great,well done job,to defence their county from the outlaw movement.
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by: Mbol M.Abiriah from: US
August 05, 2014 6:42 PM
My condolences goes to the families of victim who died servicing the vulnerable civilians .rest in internal peace,but Arok Da Amou this man was not red army don't you have feeling of sympathy why you encourage stuff like this"
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by: Khor Bangout from: usa
August 05, 2014 4:01 AM
Arok, you got to be so limited in scope to celebrate the death of an aid worker whose only goal is to help countless citizens who are now refugees in thier country.

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