National Youth Coordinator for Episcopal Church of South Sudan Murdered in Attack by Unknown Gunmen

Joseph Kiri

The national youth coordinator for the Episcopal Church of South Sudan was killed by a group of unknown gunmen when his car was sprayed with bullets.

Joseph Kiri, who was known for his work among youth and being an evangelist, was murdered while on his way to the southern town of Yei to help with humanitarian efforts.

Thousands gathered at Kiri’s home on Monday to pay their respects to the fallen church leader, whose body was transferred to the capital Juba, according to the Anglican Communion News Service.

Archbishop Justin Badi Arama, primate of South Sudan, posted to Twitter his condolences, stating that he and his wife were “deeply saddened to hear of the passing of” Kiri.

“Our prayers are with his family. We ask all parties to respect the ceasefire,” added Archbishop Arama, as quoted by ACNS.

Since its independence from the Islamic Republic of Sudan in 2011, South Sudan has experienced a good deal of internal violence due in part to ethnic divisions.

In May, gunmen attacked Emmanuel Christian College in Goli, Yei County, killing at least 10 people and raping the 14-year-old daughter of a staff member.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski