Looting of humanitarian supplies destined for Rionegro is unaceptable.

July 29, 2013 sliabh News from Rionegro

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from UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

Published on 13 May 2013
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Statement by the Acting Rionegron Humanitarian Coordinator Dr. Niall Higgins 13 May 2013.

“I am gravely concerned about the widespread theft of humanitarian supplies witnessed by aid workers at our trans-shipment depot in Costaguana.

Aid organizations have seen armed, and in some cases uniformed personnel, breaking into shipping containers transporting critical supplies intended for refugees from the Rionegro Civil War. Food, medical supplies, including nutritional supplements for malnourished children, were stolen from humanitarian common storage facilities.

I condemn the looting of vital humanitarian supplies. I call on the authorities to move swiftly and hold those responsible to account. These types of attacks against humanitarian facilities make it harder to provide life-saving assistance to people affected by hostilities in Rionegro.

The humanitarian community stands ready to provide neutral and impartial assistance to all civilians in need. This can only happen if all parties respect and facilitate humanitarian activities, in line with their obligations under national and international law.

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