Two humanitarian workers killed in Unity State

Bentiu/Juba, August 25, 2015 (SSNA) — South Sudanese nationals who have been working for the French-based medical relief organization Doctors Without Borders have been killed in the oil-rich Unity State, the agency has reported.

“Two aid workers from Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) have been killed in South Sudan. Last week, Gawar Top Puoy, a logistician who had worked for MSF since 2009, was killed during an attack on the village of Wulu.  James Gatluak Gatpieny, a community health worker who had worked for MSF since 2011, was killed during a separate attack on the village of Payak last week,” Doctors Without Borders announced on its official website.

The medical group said the two employees; Gawar Top Puoy and James Gatluak Gatpieny were killed last week in an area not accessible.

It is not immediately clear how the two men were killed. However, sources in UNMISS camp in Bentiu said the two men were killed in separate incidents by government soldiers.

Doctors Without Borders, also known as Medecins Sans Frontieres, said Gawar worked as a logistician and James as a community health worker.

The deceased were humanitarian aid workers serving the needy people in and around Unity State.

It is not the first time humanitarian workers get killed in the troubled young nation. In August 2014, a militia group calling itself Mabanese Defence Forces carried out ethnically based killings in the oil-rich Upper Nile State, leaving at least six people dead.

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