Human rights activist, Morris Mabior has been reportedly suffering from dire health conditions after he was abducted in Kenya and illegally taken to South Sudan where he was detained without access to family, doctor or a lawyer for more than three months. Morris had sought refuge in Kenya following threats to his life in South Sudan but he only ended up in the hands of those he fled from.
According to sources in Blue House, Morris was underfed and provided with a restricted supply of water while he was detained in the Blue House. Due to this inhumane treatment, he developed kidney problems and other illnesses. Despite his health condition, he was not granted access to a doctor, lawyer or his family for over three and a half months.
The situation deteriorated to an extent where Morris’ wife and children staged a protest on Friday, 28th March 2023 at the National Assembly in Juba, pleading with Speaker of Parliament, art Hon Nunu Kumba to intervene. On Sunday, 30th March 2023, Morris’ mother and cousin were allowed to visit him for the first time in over three months. However, the security officials in the Blue House denied access to Morris’ wife and children.
Morris’ mother has pointed out that her son was in good health prior to his abduction in Kenya, where he had positively been granted a refugee status since 2020. Morris’ inhumane treatment in detention adds to the worrisome state of human rights in South Sudan.
The story highlights the essential need for better protection of refugees in Kenya and the upholding of their rights under the international laws. It is imperative that the government and security officials act on this issue and grant access to Morris’ family, lawyer, and a doctor to assess his deteriorating health condition