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August 25, 2016

Charities Rethink S. Sudan Missions After Aid Workers Raped

Some aid charities are evacuating staff and scaling back projects in South Sudan following the gang rape of humanitarian workers by government troops last month, reports NPR. The July 11 assault in the capital city of Juba sent shock waves through the aid community in the country, which has been riven by civil and ethnic conflict since 2013 but had not previously been considered too dangerous for relief workers to operate.

Aid staffers were attacked in a hotel a mile from a United Nations compound, where they had holed up to escape renewed, fierce fighting between opposing forces loyal to South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and with former Vice President Riek Machar. Steve McCann, a security and risk-assessment specialist, said international aid workers had heretofore not been viewed as targets in South Sudan and the incident marked a turning point for charities assessing their staffs’ security.