“WFP is deeply concerned about the safety of one its staff members who was taken at gunpoint from the Malakal airport by eight armed men wearing plain clothes. We have not heard from our colleague for almost 24 hours, and we are extremely concerned about his well-being. WFP demands that his captors release our staff member unharmed,” said Eddie Rowe, WFP’s Acting Country Director in South Sudan in a statement to the press.
The statement added that WFP is working urgently to secure the safe release of its staff member, and is urging South Sudan’s government and security forces to “do everything within their power to see that the captured aid worker is freed quickly and uninjured”.
“WFP calls on all parties to recognise and respect the impartiality, neutrality and independence ofhumanitarian workers who are delivering lifesaving assistance to millions of people in need in South Sudan”, read the statement.
WFP is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food in emergencies and working with communities to build resilience. In 2013, WFP assisted more than 80 million people.
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