Amono was shot in an ambush between Chukudum and Camp 15 in Budi County, Eastern Equatoria State She later succumbed to her injuries. An unidentified driver of the same organization also reportedly sustained gunshot injuries.
Clara Amono, a staff member of Cordaid shot dead in South Sudan on Wednesday.
Unknown gunmen have shot dead a 40-year-old Ugandan health
specialist in South Sudan.
The deceased has been identified as Clara Amono, a specialist in
Reproductive Health working for Cordaid, an international emergency relief and
development organization in South Sudan.
Amono was shot in an ambush between Chukudum and Camp 15 in Budi County,
Eastern Equatoria State. She later
succumbed to her injuries. An unidentified driver of the same organization also
reportedly sustained gunshot injuries.
The deceased was on active duty travelling from Torit state to another location
to support a medical facility when their convoy of vehicles operated by Cordaid
and Save the Children International, came under gunfire from unidentified
Cordaid has confirmed the incident in a statement published on the
Kees Zevenbergen, Cordaid’s Chief Executive Officer condemned the attack in a
statement published on Wednesday.
“Cordaid condemns the violence that resulted in the death of our colleague in
South Sudan,” said Zevenbergen.
“Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the family and loved ones of the
deceased.” He added.
The organization stated it's continuing to gather information on the incident.
In Pandwong Cell in Pandwong Division, Kitgum Municipality where the deceased
is a resident, her family members received the news with shock.
The deceased father Dicken Olwoch told Uganda Radio Network in an interview
that the incident was saddening for a health worker who had offered her
services for ten years now in South Sudan.
Olwoch called on the South Sudan government to expedite investigation into the
incident on whether it was a targeted killing by a rebel group or organized
Olwoch notes that the family is in touch with officials of Cordaid
for repatriation of the deceased body for burial.
The deceased hails from Adilang Subcounty in Agago district and is survived by
Col James Dak, Deputy Spokesperson of the South Sudan National Police service
told Uganda Radio Network he wasn’t aware of the incident when contacted in a
“Today people are on the holiday of Ramadan and the offices have been closed, I
didn’t check the security report. I will cross-check and give you the report”
said Col Dak.
The Wednesday incident comes just a month after four Ugandan
drivers were shot dead by unknown gunmen on Yei-Juba highway while heading
to South Sudan capital Juba.
Bureau Chief, East Acholi