April 28, 2020 (Thessherald)–South Sudan’s Embassy in the Republic of Kenya has paid its condolences for the death of a South Sudanese refugee who died on Sunday, a day after he was reportedly beaten into coma by a group of police officers on the pretext of enforcing COVID-19 measures in Kakuma Refugee Camp.
South Sudan’s Embassy pays its condolences on the death of a South Sudanese citizen who passed way on April 26, 2020 in Kakuma,” said South Sudan’s Ambassador to Kenya Chol Ajongo Mawut in a brief statement extended to the media.
He underscored that although the deceased refugee was an asylum seeker, the Embassy had been informed of the accident.
“You should make them understand that, despite the deceased is a refuge, but the matter has been reported to South Sudan’s Ambassador to Kenya,” he stressed.
UNHCR saddened by the death of South Sudan’s refugee.
In reaction to the death of the South Sudanese refugee in the camp, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees on Tuesday expressed its deep sadness and called for calm, while noting that the matter is being investigated and the culprits must be brought to justice.
“UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is deeply saddened by the death of a South Sudanese refugee in Kakuma refugee camp, who passed away while receiving treatment in the hospital on Sunday 26 April,” the UN Refugee Agency said in its statement.
“We have expressed our condolences to the deceased’s family and community and are providing all necessary support,” said UNHCR.
UNHCR pointed out that investigations are ongoing to find out the circumstances that led to the death of the refugee.
“UNHCR hopes the ongoing investigation will clarify the circumstances of his death,”