Grief as bodies of Kenyan aid workers killed in South Sudan arrive home

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There were emotional scenes at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on Saturday as family and friends received bodies of three Kenyan aid workers killed in South Sudan a week ago.

The employees of Grassroots Empowerment and Development Organisation (Gredo), a non-governmental organisation funded by Unicef, were ambushed while travelling from Juba to Pibor, a town in the Eastern part of South Sudan last month.

The three bodies of the aid workers arrived at JKIA at 1pm after a requiem mass at Tearfund near Juba hospital.

Among those who received the bodies included Gredo Programme Director Jaffar Mbugua.

Mr Mbugua told the Sunday Nation that the three Kenyans; Samsom Mbugua Chege, David Wainaina Mbugua and Joseph Wanjau Njaaga, had just left the country to be employed in the organisation.

“We moved in a convoy from Juba to Pibor, a town in the Eastern part of South Sudan where they were killed,” he said.

The Kenyans were among six aid workers who were ambushed and killed by unknown gunmen in South Sudan last week.

The body of the fourth Kenyan killed in the attack, Sunday Nation learnt, would be brought to the country by road.

Ms Ann Nyokabi Karanja, a cousin to Mr Mbugua, said that she was living with him in South Sudan before she returned to the country recently.

 ©Alleastafrica and Daily Nation

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