World Vision to resume aid in DarfurTwo weeks ago, on July 4, World Vision suffered a loss when two staff workers were killed and three others were injured in South Darfur, Sudan. A grenade exploded in the organization’s compound near Nyala, the provincial capital. It was the worst single incident of violence against World Vision’s employees since 2010, when eight staff were killed in an attack Pakistan.
World Vision’s programs were suspended while World Vision leaders in Sudan and the East Africa Region worked with other humanitarian agencies and Sudanese officials to assess security in South Darfur in hopes of resuming the organization’s operations as soon as possible.
This weekend, limited operations in South Darfur resumed. Employees returned to camps for internally displaced people to help with food and water distribution and provision of health services in camp clinics. These camps help provide critical, life-saving services for children and families in desperate conditions.
“We are acutely aware of the suffering children and families dependent on our emergency and early recovery programs are facing and will want to lift the suspensions on programs as soon as possible. It will also be an honor to our fallen colleagues, Ali and Sabil, if we continue with the work that they paid the ultimate sacrifice for,” said Simon Nyabwengi, World Vision’s Sudan National Director.
He also appealed to the groups in the conflict to resolve their issues without resorting to violence and to commit to protecting humanitarian workers and assets.
Mr Nyabwengi thanked the United Nations, the international humanitarian community and World Vision offices globally for their support and messages of condolences.
“The support and prayers have been a source of encouragement and strengthened our resolve to continue the important work of ensuring child well-being in Sudan,” Mr Nyabwengi said.
Please continue to pray for the families of those injured and killed, for those affected by the conflict, and for humanitarian workers in difficult places around the world.