The United Nations food agency said on Sunday it had suspended operations in Sudan after three of its staff were killed in the volatile Darfur region as fighting raged between the army and paramilitary forces.
On her part, Cindy McCain, Executive Director of the World Food Program (WFP), expressed her dismay and grief over the tragic death of three WFP staff members on Saturday 15 April in violence in Kabkabiya, North Darfur while carrying out their life-saving duties on the front lines of the global hunger crisis. According to the statement of the United Nations.
“While we review the development of the security situation, we are forced to temporarily halt all operations in Sudan,” she said, according to Agence France-Presse.
“The World Food Program is committed to helping the Sudanese people facing severe food insecurity, but we cannot carry out our life-saving work if the safety and security of our teams and partners is not guaranteed,” she stated.
It called on all parties to reach an agreement that guarantees the safety of humanitarian workers on the ground and allows for the continued delivery of life-saving humanitarian aid to the people of Sudan.