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Nun attacked in South Sudan dies from gunshot wounds

Credit: Alex Proimos via Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0).
Credit: Alex Proimos via Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0).

A Slovak nun and medical doctor died Friday from gunshot wounds she suffered in an attack in Yei, South Sudan last week.

Sister Veronika Terézia Racková was shot and wounded by three soldiers on May 16, and died from her injuries on May 20, said Martin Kramara, spokesperson of the Slovak Bishops Conference (KBS), according to Slovak news sources.

The sister had been driving a patient to a nearby hospital when she was attacked and shot in the stomach and suffered multiple other injuries, including fractures to her pelvis, according to several reports. She underwent surgery at a local hospital before being flown to Nairobi, Kenya, for further treatment.

A member of the Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters (SSpS), Sr. Veronika was the head of St Bakhita’s Medical Centre in Yei, South Sudan. She has also served in Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Indonesia, and Ghana, according to the The News Agency of the Slovak Republic.

“Precious indeed is the life given for Mission,” said a tribute post to Sr. Veronika, posted on her order’s Facebook page.

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