South Sudan’s civil war has made life hell for the citizens of the world’s youngest country and still the war continues to claim more victims daily.
An international body providing food to the area has become the latest in a long list of casualties that can be accrued to South Sudan’s civil war. The World Food Program said on Friday that it is “horrified” to learn that three of its South Sudan workers were killed this week in violence in the western town of Wau.
This comes after intensified warnings by the United Nations that a possible genocide is imminent in the country. The World Food Program released a statement documenting how three men who had been contracted to work as porters, appear to have been killed Monday on their way to a WFP warehouse. The statement, without giving any details about the attackers, said that;
“Two died of machete wounds and the third was shot,”
The World Food Program Country Director Joyce Luma said she is “outraged,” and she called on South Sudanese authorities to hold the attackers accountable.
The statement by the World Food Program of the killings which seemingly happened on Monday falls inline with details given by Wau residents to The Associated Press on Monday. The residents described targeted ethnic killings by government soldiers that spread panic through the town.
Residents said that the soldiers singled out civilians of the Fertit and Luo ethnic groups in retaliation for a rebel attack on government forces. The U.N. mission in South Sudan said its workers saw the bodies of 16 civilians in a hospital with an additional 10 people injured. Wau residents allege that the dead included children who had been on their way to school.
According to the U.N. mission’s statement, Wau apparently became the target of an attack following an ambush on Sunday, south of the town, where government soldiers were killed.
The reported death of the three workers is the latest blow to aid agencies making effort to help the citizens of South Sudan. South Sudan’s civil war which has created Africa’s largest migrant crisis with 1.8 million refugees, sees a portion of the population left behind facing various levels of food crisis and with more aid being required, such actions that dissuade aid agencies could be the final tipping point for the country.