Unidentified assailants killed 6 aid workers in South Sudan on Saturday. The victims belonged to a local non-governmental organization.The United Nations says the workers were ambushed as they were travelling east from the capital, Juba. Sources say 3 of them were South Sudanese, and the other 3 were Kenyans.The security situation in South Sudan has been deteriorating as conflicts between government troops and anti-government forces continue.About 4.9 million South Sudanese, or half the population, are suffering serious food shortages and famine.UN and NGO workers have been providing assistance, but their activities are being thwarted by frequent attacks from armed groups.The United Nations says at least 12 aid workers have been killed in South Sudan since January.It says these attacks endanger not only aid workers, but also put people relying on the assistance at risk.Japan has sent Ground Self-Defense Force members to the country to participate in the UN peacekeeping operations. But their mission will finish by the end of May.
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