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Medair is devastated by the loss of one of its locally recruited staff and one of its community volunteers in separate incidents in Leer County, South Sudan on April 26, 2018. Both were fatally shot at different locations and later died as a result of their injuries.

Both staff were working in our programme treating malnourished children in Leer County.  “Medair condemns this act of violence that has taken the lives of our humanitarian colleagues” said Caroline Boyd, Medair’s Head of Country Programme.  “We extend our deepest condolences to their families and loved ones during this very difficult time.”

Medair is continuing to gather information on the circumstances of the incidents. “Nutrition needs in the area are huge and we are deeply committed to continue to serve the people in the country.”

Medair is an international relief agency headquartered in Switzerland. We help people who are suffering in remote and devastated communities around the world survive crises and recover with dignity, regardless of race, creed or nationality.

Medair has been working in South Sudan since 1992 and is one of the most active humanitarian relief organisations in the country. Since the end of 2013, conflict has devastated millions of lives. Alarming levels of malnutrition are seen across the country and the rates are higher than anywhere else in the world. The need for humanitarian aid is enormous.

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Medair is an international humanitarian NGO that provides emergency relief and recovery services to families made vulnerable by natural disasters, conflicts, and other crises. For more information about Medair, click here.  This release was produced with resources gathered by Medair field and headquarters staff. The views expressed herein are those solely of Medair and should not be taken, in any way, to reflect the official opinion of any other organisation.