Tonj, 25 June, 2019 / 2:22 pm (ACI Africa).
The Catholic diocese of Rumbek and Tonj State government in South Sudan are expected to pay a total of 93 cows to the families of the three girls who died in last month’s dormitory inferno as compensation.
Three young girls who were attending school at Don Bosco Mission, Tonj in Rumbek diocese died March 21 night when a fire razed their dormitory.
Following the incident, the local police detained Sr. Clare Nakhumicha Wekesa of the Sisters of Mary of Kakamega who heads the community of nuns responsible for the girls’ boarding facility. She was released Tuesday, April 2 having stayed seven days in detention.
“The Catholic Diocese of Rumbek and the government of Tonj state have agreed to pay a reparation to the two families of the three boarding girls who died as a result of fire in Tonj,” Good News Radio of the Catholic diocese of Rumbek reported Thursday.
The radio report described the decision for the compensation as an “out of court settlement with reference to customary law, which requires 31 herds of cattle as compensation for an unintended killing”.