Two aid staff members killed on the way to a refugee camp in Gambella

September 05, 2019 (GMN) - With deep sadness, Action Against Hunger has confirmed that two of their staff members were killed in violence in the Gambella region of Ethiopia early September 04 morning.

Team members were in transit from our 24-hour pediatric Nutrition Stabilization Center in Nguenyyiel Refugee Camp when they were ambushed by armed individuals. Two employees were killed at the scene. Action Against Hunger has suspended full operations in Gambella, but are maintaining the provision of life-saving assistance. They are coordinating with the authorities who are investigating this attack.

“Every day, humanitarian workers around the world risk their lives as they provide life-saving assistance to civilians. Our thoughts are with the families of our deceased colleagues.”

Action Against Hunger has worked in Ethiopia since 1985. In 2018 alone, they reached more than 832,829 people in the country.

About Action Against Hunger

Action Against Hunger is the world’s hunger specialist and leader in a global movement that aims to end life-threatening hunger for good within our lifetimes. For 40 years, the humanitarian and development organization has been on the front lines, treating and preventing hunger across nearly 50 countries. It served more than 21 million people in 2018 alone. 

Action Against Hunger is a global humanitarian organization that takes decisive action against the causes and effects of hunger. We save the lives of malnourished children. We ensure everyone can access clean water, food, training, and healthcare. We enable entire communities to be free from hunger.

“Action Against Hunger” operates in more than 45 countries and has over 7500 field workers, according to information from the organization’s website.