Juba, 30 Oct 2019: Three local staff working for the International Organization for Migration [IOM] have been killed on Sunday, according to the source who has spoken to SSL from Morobo town, the aid workers were killed in crossfire between government forces and a rebel group of General Thomas Cirilo, National Salvation Front [NAS].
Following the report of the killing of its staff who were working at Ebola monitoring center in Morobo County, Yei River State, IOM has issued a statement in which it has condemns in the strongest possible terms the killing of three of its aid workers on Sunday.
A copy of the statement obtained by this reporter in which IOM head of mission in South Sudan sends his condolences to the families of the victims of the attack, “We are deeply saddened by the loss of our colleagues and we extend our heartfelt condolences to their families and friends,” said Jean Philippe Chauzy.
The statement further called for the perpetrators to be brought to justice, “We call for the perpetrators of these senseless acts of violence against innocent civilians and humanitarians to be brought to justice.”
The names of the victims can't readily be established at the time of filing this news, however, they are believed to be South Sudanese nationals, one female and two adult males.
Source told SSL, one adult female and a four-year-old child said to be a daughter of one of the killed aid workers were abducted. Two other male volunteers have sustained non-life threatening injuries, and are receiving treatment in the local hospital in the region.
IOM Director General António Vitorino joined the rest of the international body in expressing his pain and said, “We grieve alongside our staff in South Sudan, for the families of the victims and reiterate that humanitarians and civilians are not and should never be subjected to such heinous acts of violence, we are not a target,” said the Director of IOM.
Thomas Cirilo rebel group is non-signatory to the Revitalized peace Agreement though it has signed the CoH. There have been frequent clashes between the regime's forces and forces loyal to the general Thomas Cirilo in former Central Equatoria State.