The United Nations reported on Thursday that gunmen in Darfur shot dead two Sudanese government staff and stole a vehicle carrying officials from the World Health Organization and the state health ministry.
Two officials from the West Darfur state health ministry and a WHO doctor were unharmed in the attack. The gunmen stole the vehicle and fled the scene.
WHO Sudan Representative Naeema al-Gaseer said, “WHO deplores this attack on our health workers and government colleagues. Health services are a pivotal part of all humanitarian work”.
UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan, Marta Ruedas, said that this attack demonstrates that insecurity continues to hamper humanitarian work in Darfur where some 2.5 million people are affected by the twelve year conflict.
Since the beginning of the year, an estimated one hundred and thirty one violent incidents in Darfur have directly affected humanitarian workers.