Tragic Attack on ICRC Convoy in South Darfur: A Call for Humanitarian Solidarity

(Kampala) – On May 3, 2024, in Layba, East Jebel Marra, South Darfur, armed groups attacked a convoy of three vehicles marked with International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) flags. The convoy was on its way from Jabal Marra, passing through Layba on the way to Malam areas when the attack happened. Two ICRC drivers were killed, and two were wounded during the attack.

Darfur Network for Human Rights (DNHR) is deeply saddened to hear about the tragic attack on the ICRC personnel in South Darfur. The ICRC has been crucial in providing humanitarian assistance to those affected by conflict and violence, often operating in some of the most dangerous and challenging environments around the Darfur Region since 2000.

DNHR monitors on the ground from the village, who documented the video, report that armed groups deliberately targeted the convoy of three vehicles. The incident happened in areas controlled by RSF. 

(village of Layba)

Such attacks not only result in the loss of valuable lives but also hinder the ability of humanitarian organisations to deliver vital aid to those in need. It’s a stark reminder of the daily risks that humanitarian workers face in the Darfur region as they strive to alleviate suffering and promote peace. DNHR’s thoughts are with the families and loved ones of the victims, as well as with the entire ICRC community.

This tragedy underscores the importance of ensuring the safety and security of humanitarian workers and upholding the principles of humanity, neutrality, and impartiality in all circumstances. DNHR stands in solidarity with the families and colleagues of the victims, and we hope that those responsible for this attack are brought to justice.

More information is available from Mohammed Hassan, Executive Director, DNHR.

Email: [email protected]

Phone: (+256)752792112 or (+249)924638036

P.O. Box: 144218

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