Sister’s murder will not stop Sudan mission

A Slovak nun shot and wounded in South Sudan has died in a Nairobi hospital where she had been in a coma.

Holy Spirit Missionary Sister Veronika Terezia Rackova, the director of Yei’s St Bakhita Medical was evacuated to Nairobi on May 17, shortly after being shot in the stomach while driving an ambulance. Soldiers patrolling the area shot at the vehicle, according to Sr Maria Jerly, regional superior for the Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters.

Three soldiers have been arrested in connection with the incident, one of whom, according to Sr Maria, is believed to have admitted to the shooting. The shooting’s motive is not known, she added.

Six of the order’s nuns are serving in South Sudan, Sr Maria said, and are determined to stay there. “Some of our sisters are right now tormented over the incident, but we plan to continue to carry our badly needed services to the needy people of this country,” she said.