News release

Red Cross / Red Crescent Movement deeply concerned about death of Sudanese Red Crescent workers

Geneva – The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is deeply saddened to learn of the death of two staff and one volunteer from the Sudanese Red Crescent Society. They were attacked yesterday by armed men while on their way to Damazin, in Blue Nile State. Another volunteer was wounded in the attack.

The victims were returning from an aid distribution in Kurmuk to help people affected by recent violence there. They were riding in a Red Crescent vehicle that was clearly marked by the red crescent emblem. Three further people were also killed in the attack.

Every day, Sudanese Red Crescent volunteers and staff risk their lives coming to the aid of people across Sudan, even in the remotest parts of the country. Their work often means the difference between life and death.

The Sudanese Red Crescent Society, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) remind all parties to the conflict that international humanitarian law obliges them to respect and protect personnel engaged in humanitarian work, to take all measures needed to ensure the safety of these personnel and to guarantee their freedom of movement.

For further information, please contact:
Asia Kambal, ICRC Khartoum, tel: +249 12164931
Jean-Yves Clémenzo, ICRC Geneva, tel: +41 22 730 22 71 or +41 79 217 32 17
Reeni Aminchua, IFRC Geneva, tel.: +41 22 730 46 37 or +41 79 708 62 73
Osman Gaffer, SRCS Khartoum, tel: +249 912318888