The government has expelled the second senior staff member of the Norwegian Refugee Council in less than a week, the aid agency said Wednesday, accusing the country of preventing aid organizations from helping the victims of its armed conflict.
NRC’s area manager in Alek, in northern Warrap state, was told to leave Tuesday and has arrived in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi, according to the statement.
His expulsion came four days after the NRC’s country director for South Sudan was also ordered to leave.
“NRC has not received any formal explanation of the charges against these two individuals,” the statement said.
NRC Secretary General Jan Egeland said: “Ordering aid workers to leave the country without due process restricts the ability of relief organizations to save lives and reduce human suffering.”
He added that “NRC may have to reassess our ability to deliver assistance at scale in South Sudan.”
Dpa was trying to get a comment from the government in Juba.
The NRC has been active in the country since 2004.