Country Risk

Series of assassinations and attempted robberies highlights risk of escalating violence to NGO personnel in South Sudan

24 November 2017


Unidentified gunmen shot dead an official of South Sudan’s Relief and Rehabilitation Commission on 17 November at his residence in the country’s capital, Juba.

This comes less than a month after an International Red Cross employee travelling in a convoy of 10 trucks in Western Equatoria state was killed by unknown gunmen. It is unclear what led to the shooting in Juba, which puts the number of assassinations targeting non-governmental organisation (NGO) staff at more than 10 in the past six months. In July, the United Nations had reported that unidentified gunmen had seized eight foreign and local workers employed by NGOs just outside the UN camp for refugees in Juba, before releasing them two days later.

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