Missionary ‘shot by bandits in DRC’

Published: Tuesday 6th January 2015 by The News Editor

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A missionary who received an OBE in the New Year Honours List has been shot in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), according to reports.

Maud Kells, 75, from County Tyrone in Northern Ireland, was hit twice in the shoulder by bandits at her home in Mulita in the north east of the country, according to the BBC.

She is said to be in a stable condition in hospital.

Ms Kells has served in the African country since 1968, working initially as a missionary nurse and has helped train Congolese nurses in five hospitals and 30 health centres.

Ms Kells, who reportedly serves with the WEC International mission agency, also conducts bible school teaching, speaks at church services, and supervises construction projects.

She spends half of the year in the Congo and the other half at home in Cookstown.

Politicians in Ireland said they were “shocked” to hear about the “terrible” shooting.

Ulster Unionist Assembly Member for Mid-Ulster, Sandra Overend, said: “Only a few days ago we heard the news that Maud is to be awarded a great Honour from Her Majesty the Queen and now today, this terrible news that she has been shot doing her work in the Congo, is shocking.

“I am sure that I share this sadness with so many people from Cookstown and across Mid-Ulster.

“Having spoken to her sister tonight, I understand that Maud’s condition is now stable.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Maud as she recovers. I am sure that there will be numerous well-wishers thinking of Maud tonight and in the days ahead.

“Those that know Maud will hope that her usual determination will provide her with strength to recover from this terrible incident.”

Ian McCrea, a Democratic Unionist Party Assembly Member for Mid Ulster said on Twitter: “My thoughts and prayers are with Maud Kells tonight as she recovers from being shot twice in the shoulder.”

Published: Tuesday 6th January 2015 by The News Editor

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