Community threatens to Kill female NGO workers over Child Marriage saga

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Two female humanitarian workers working for the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) have been issued death threats by a group of in-laws in Jikmiir area of Nasir County, Upper Nile State. According to a source who spoke to Ramciel Broadcasting this morning, the girls (two) who are accused of meddling in the child marriage process are currently taking protection in the premises of ADRA that they work for.

Speaking under the condition of anonymity, the same source cited that the development started merely a month ago when a man named Kim Reath Thuon who works as a counsellor under Child Rights Protection unit for ADRA proposed to marry a 16 year old school girl in Jikmiir, Nasir County. Reportedly, the case was forwarded by unknown persons to the organization and the man was handed a month suspension awaiting investigation over the allegations. It is said that, during the suspension period, the man mobilized community members and his in-laws responded angrily, and without evidence, they pointed fingers at the two NGO workers working in the same department with the suspended man.

Mr. Reath is said to have paid the dowry and he was preparing for the wedding celebration in which he would receive the bride, a sixteen year old school girl.

“There are two girls who work with the man and the in-laws of the man are not happy with them. They said they are the ones who made the man suspended,” Said the source.

The two female humanitarians workers are issued death threats and the NGO’s gate have been locked by the angry mob from the community, demanding the two to be handed to them to shoot and kill them.

The issue have been so far reported to the commissioner who promised to intervene as the escalation demanded the eviction of the NGO with the two girls’ life being in danger.

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