August 19 2014

SOS colleague's humanitarian action published by EU Commission

19 August 2014 - SOS Children's Villages Youth Leader's story of extreme courage under fire in South Sudan is featured by European Commission on commemorative day.

In recognition of World Humanitarian Day on 19 August, the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department published this dramatic story about Isaac, an SOS colleague in South Sudan, who helped over 30 children and adults escape from attack by armed rebels. The series, called "Humanitarians at Risk", features testimonies of humanitarians around the world who risk their lives daily, while saving those of others.

Humanitarians at risk: South Sudanese youth leader rescues children from harm

Half a year after leading the daring escape from armed rebels, SOS Youth Leader Isaac James went back to the children's village in Malakal and witnessed the destruction wreaked by the fighters. Here he is standing in the former village store. Photo: Till Muellenmeister.

Isaac James' story was first published on 10 April 2014 here.

See photos of what happened to SOS Children's Villages Malakal after rebels invaded here.