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Cordaid staff member killed in South Sudan

Cordaid is devastated by the loss of one of its staff members in South Sudan. The staff member was fatally shot on 12 May 2021 while on active duty between Chukudum and Camp 15 in Budi Country, and later died as a result of their injuries. A driver working for Cordaid was also injured in the incident.

The staff member was a specialist in Reproductive Health and was on the way from Torit to another location to support a medical facility. The convoy in which the staff member was traveling, which included vehicles operated by Cordaid and Save the Children International, came under fire from unidentified attackers. The staff member was struck by gunfire and was killed.

Cordaid is continuing to gather information on the incident. Officials have deployed to the area and are conducting an investigation into the circumstances. 

“Cordaid condemns the violence that resulted in the death of our colleague in South Sudan,” said Kees Zevenbergen, Cordaid’s CEO. “Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the family and loved ones of the deceased.” 

Cordaid is an international emergency relief and development organisation, working in and on fragility. We stand with those who are hit hardest by poverty and conflict. We support them in their struggle to move beyond survival and to fully participate in equitable and resilient societies.

Cordaid has been working in what is now South Sudan since 2000. In South Sudan, Cordaid works on health care (including nutrition), resilience, security & justice, lobby & advocacy and humanitarian aid.


Media inquiries should be directed to Steven Lanting ([email protected])