The World Food Program of the United Nations temporarily ceased operations in Sudan after three employees died.
The World Food Programme (WFP) of the United Nations said on Sunday that it had temporarily ceased its operations in Sudan following the deaths of three of its employees in clashes between the Sudanese army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) a day earlier.
Cindy McCain, the program’s executive director, said in a statement, “Aid workers are neutral and should never be a target. Threats to our teams make operating safely and effectively in the country and carrying out WFP’s critical work impossible.”
“While we review the evolving security situation, we are forced to halt all operations in Sudan temporarily,” WFP executive director Cindy McCain said in a statement.
“WFP is committed to assisting the Sudanese people facing dire food insecurity, but we cannot do our lifesaving work if the safety and security of our teams and partners is not guaranteed.”
Three WFP employees were reportedly killed in the conflict in Kabkabiya, North Darfur. In the clash across Sudan, at least 56 civilians were murdered, and numerous others were injured.
The United Nations denounced the crime, saying they perished while performing their jobs.
The Central Committee of Sudan Doctors reports that 595 people were injured during the fighting. The army and paramilitary forces engaged in confrontations on Saturday, and numerous embassies, advised their citizens to stay indoors.