20 May 2016, The Tablet

South Sudan: Missionary sister dies from wounds

Earlier this week Sr Veronika Terézia Racková was ambushed while taking a patient to hospital

The Slovakian missionary sister who was shot earlier in the week in South Sudan has died from her wounds after being airlifted to a hospital in Nairobi.

Sr Veronika Terézia Racková, a member of the Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters (SSpS), was shot in the stomach on Monday as she drove to a nearby hospital with a patient. Among other injuries, she suffered multiple fractures of the pelvis, and was taken by helicopter to Kenya for surgery.

A progress report from the regional leader of the Holy Spirit missionaries in South Sudan which was shared on Facebook, said Sr Racková was in a critical condition and had suffered multiple cardiac arrests.

The media in South Sudan reported that three people have been arrested in connection with the killing.

Sr Racková was head of St Bakhita’s Medical Centre in Yei, South Sudan. In the past she served in Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Indonesia, and Ghana, TASR news agency wrote.

Yei River State Information Minister, Stephen Lodu Onesimo, condemned the incident as an “undisciplined and barbarian act”, adding that the attackers “must be brought to justice”, TASR reported.

The latest attack underlines the risks nuns face in the conflict-torn country. Recently, an educational centre run by sisters, including some from California, was attacked and the nuns threatened. The gunmen ransacked the centre for money and other items.

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