- Two more truckers working for the UN food agency, World Food Programme (WFP) had been added to the list of murdered humanitarian workers murdered in South Sudan.
A WFP-cotracted trucker, Hamid Dafaalla, 47, and father of four, was shot dead by unknown assailants on his way back from delivering humanitarian food supplies to the town of Rumbek on Monday. His assistant was shot while trying to flee.
The Monday attack, which took place near the city of Mayom in Unity State, puts the number of WFP humanitarian suppliers to five in less than three weeks.
“We are shocked and saddened by this heartless killing,” WFP Sudan Deputy-Director Ebenezer Tagoe said. He described attacks against vehicles delivering humanitarian assistance as "completely unacceptable."
“We have met representatives of the Government of Southern Sudan and they have promised a full investigation,” he said.
Attacks have not slowed food deliveries, but it also prevented the WFP from feeding thousands of returning internally displaced persons and refugees.
Since the start of 2008, the UN food agency reported 60 hijackings of trucks in Darfur. Of these, 42 trucks went missing and 29 drivers unaccounted for.
afrol News - It is called "financial inclusion", and it is a key government policy in Rwanda. The goal is that, by 2020, 90 percent of the population is to have and actively use bank accounts. And in only four years, financial inclusion has doubled in Rwanda.
afrol News - The UN's humanitarian agencies now warn about a devastating famine in Sudan and especially in South Sudan, where the situation is said to be "imploding". Relief officials are appealing to donors to urgently fund life-saving activities in the two countries.
afrol News - Fear is spreading all over West Africa after the health ministry in Guinea confirmed the first Ebola outbreak in this part of Africa. According to official numbers, at least 86 are infected and 59 are dead as a result of this very contagious disease.
afrol News - It is already a crime being homosexual in Ethiopia, but parliament is now making sure the anti-gay laws will be applied in practical life. No pardoning of gays will be allowed in future, but activist fear this only is a signal of further repression being prepared.
afrol News / Africa Renewal - Ethiopia's ambitious plan to build a US$ 4.2 billion dam in the Benishangul-Gumuz region, 40 km from its border with Sudan, is expected to provide 6,000 megawatts of electricity, enough for its population plus some excess it can sell to neighbouring countries.