A West Cork priest has described how he feared for his life, and those of his colleagues, when 2,000 rioters attacked the Sudanese refugee camp where he works. David Raleigh reports. A KILMICHAEL missionary priest is now one of just 50 in a compound in South Sudan which was recently attacked by a 2,000-strong mob.
Fr Tony O’Riordan, has given a chilling account of the moment when the mob attacked his compound in South Sudan where he is working with refugees.
Up to 500 humanitarian workers have been evacuated from the Maban region, but Fr Tony, who is leading the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), has remained on to oversee a school building project and a teacher training programme.
The attack by thousands of rioters on eight NGOs (non-governmental organisation’s representatives) has now forced JRS to ‘suspend all but critical activities’ in Maban, to safeguard their staff.