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JUBA Carl Nassib Youth Jersey , Aug. 18 (Xinhua) -- South Sudan's humanitarian communityon Friday renewed calls for respect and protection of aid workerson the frontline following the killing of at least 82 humanitariansin the ongoing more than three years of conflict.
The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) head DavidShearer said the country is one of the most dangerous andchallenging places for aid workers, and urged leaders to respectand protect lives of aid workers as he paid tribute to those killedin the violence.
""I have worked all over the world but I can't think of a moredifficult place to work than here logistically in terms of theconflict, the need is sort of a perfect storm in terms ofdifficulty Emmanuel Ogbah Youth Jersey ,"" Shearer said during World Humanitarian Daycelebrations in Juba.
Attacks by armed groups on aid workers have intensified thisyear alone leaving 15 aid workers killed amid vandalism and lootingof aid.
""We should acknowledge that we are in enormous number of placesacross South Sudan, and if you were not there, there would be tensof hundreds of people who wouldn't be alive today. And there arepockets of places we have real problems getting to like Kajo Keji Corey Coleman Youth Jersey ,some of the places in Upper Nile,"" Shearer added.
The acting head of the UN Humanitarian Coordination Office(UNOCHA) Serge Tissot said the increased attacks on aid workersadds more risk to the lives of millions in dire need ofsupport.
""Civilians in South Sudan continue to be killed and subject tohorrible violations including sexual violations, 7.5 million peopleare in need of humanitarian help and protection as a result ofconflict Zane Gonzalez Youth Jersey , disease, hunger and economic decline,"" he said.
""We continue to face ongoing challenge to serve and freelyaccess to populations in need. Aid workers have been directlytargeted by armed actors Howard Wilson Youth Jersey , denied access and subjected to beatings.The way aid workers are treated show a complete lack of respectfrom all parties to the conflict,"" Serge added.
The head of international NGO staff Deepmala Mahla, disclosedthat the situation is increasingly worrisome and will continue todeteriorate if the warring parties don't stop attacks against aidworkers.
""The humanitarian needs in this country are higher than ever andin this environment we see increased risks to the security of aidworkers. In these Seven months this year Larry Ogunjobi Youth Jersey , 15 have already losttheir lives,"" Mahla said.
She added that for the second year in row, South Sudan is themost dangerous country in the world for aid workers David Njoku Youth Jersey , and thisreflects an atmosphere of impunity for those involved in theviolence.
""Aid workers are not only soft targets but also possess valuableassets. This year we have seen