Long sentences for killers of relief worker in Kenya

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WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran at a WFP food distribution at the Kassab IDP camp

The sentencing of five men each to 56 years in prison for the murder of a humanitarian worker in north-western Kenya in 2008 has been welcomed by the head of the World Food Programme  (WFP).

Josette Sheeran said taking action against people who target humanitarian workers helping people in need in remote areas, serves as a deterrent.

Charles Appel reports.

WFP's official, Silence Chirara was gunned down on May 7 2008 in the north-western Kenyan town of Lokichoggio where he was helping to manage the agency's food lifeline to South Sudan.

Josette Sheeran said nothing can be done to replace the life of what she described as a "dedicated humanitarian and father", but she added that justice has been done.

The prison sentences, she said, send an important message that those people who harm humanitarian workers shall be brought to justice.

Mr. Chirara, a citizen of Zimbabwe, left a wife and two children.

Charles Appel, United Nations.

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