SOUTH SUDAN. Thonyor. February 25, 2017. Women wait to be registered prior to a food distribution carried out by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Leer state. Famine was declared this week in parts of South Sudan, where UN agencies warned that war and a collapsing economy have left 100,000 people facing starvation.

Photograph: Siegfried Modola/Reuters

YEMEN, SANAA : A displaced Yemeni child, who fled Saada province with her family due to fighting between Shiite Huthi rebels and forces loyal to Yemen’s exiled President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, eats bread at a school turned into a shelter in the capital Sanaa on August 19, 2015. The United Nations warned of a “developing famine” in Yemen, where more than half a million children are severely malnourished, and pressed for access to its war-torn regions. AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED HUWAIS                        

Three aid workers killed in restive South Sudan

The World Food Programme said on Friday it was “horrified” to learn that three of its South Sudanese workers were killed in violence that claimed at least 16 lives earlier this week.

The three men, contracted as porters, appear to have been killed while trying to get to a WFP warehouse amid fighting between rebel and government troops near the western city of Wau.

Two were hacked to death with machetes and one was shot dead, the UN agency said.

South Sudan, which split from Sudan in 2011, has been mired in a crisis since a power struggle between President Salva Kiir and his former deputy Riek Machar escalated into a military conflict in 2013.

Joyce Luma, the WFP country director, said: “We are outraged and heartbroken by the deaths of our colleagues, who worked every day to help provide life-saving food to millions of their fellow countrymen.”

She called on South Sudanese authorities to hold the attackers accountable.

Prior to the killings of the WFP staff, the UN said at least 79 of its aid workers have been killed since December 2013.

Attacks on aid workers and obstruction of their work has contributed to a man-made famine affecting 100,000 people and threatening another one million in the country.

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Last month, three Kenyans and three South Sudanese aid workers were hauled from their vehicle and shot dead in an ambush - the deadliest single attack on aid workers since the war began.

Some 8,000 people have fled the clashes in Wau, the International Organisation for Migration said on Thursday. They join more than 3.5 million South Sudanese displaced by the war.

Witnesses told news agencies that government-aligned militia had targeted residents based on their ethnic group who are seen supporting the rebels.

“The pattern of abuses by government forces against civilians in Wau has become predictable, with soldiers taking revenge against unarmed civilians based on their ethnicity,” said Human Rights Watch’s Daniel Bekele in a statement.

The UN said in December it had evidence of ethnic cleansing by both government forces and rebels.

IRAN, Saveh : An Afghan boy heads a ball at the Shahid Nasseri refugee camp in Taraz Nahid village near the city of Saveh, some 130 kms southwest of the capital Tehran, on February 8, 2015. Some 5000 Afghan refugees live at the camp which is run by the Iranian Bureau for Aliens and Foreign Immigrants’ Affairs (BAFIA), the World Food Program (WFP) and UNHCR. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), there are 950,000 registered Afghan residents in Iran – some of whom have never even set foot in their homeland – but interior ministry estimates around three million Afghans living in the Islamic republic. AFP PHOTO / BEHROUZ MEHRI                
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Royals attending the 2015 World Economic Forum

The King and Queen of the Belgians were accompanied by the Prime Minister during the three day conference; their role was to meet with Belgian entrepreneur and also business leaders around the world. The Crown Prince and Princess of Norway were there to promote and see the progress of the organization which the Crown Prince is a member of the board, Young Global Leaders (YGL). Also in attendance was Queen Maxima, King Abduallah II of Jordan, Prince Henrik, Prince Joachim, Princess Marie, Princess Mabel, and Princess Haya who received the Hunger Hero Award by the UN World Food Programme (WFP).

**** Correction: Prince Henrik, Prince Joachim, and Princess Marie were not in Davos for the WEF, it is from another event.

AFGHANISTAN, Kabul : Internally displaced Afghan women line up to receive food relief aid from the World Food Programme (WFP) in Kabul on January 13, 2015. The UN says about 782,000 people have been displaced by decades of conflict in Afghanistan.More than 130,000 individuals were recorded as newly displaced in 2014, the last year of NATO’s combat mission against the Taliban. AFP PHOTO / SHAH Marai