A number of people have been detained in Egypt after circulating a video on social media this week showing a teenager from South Sudan being verbally and physically assaulted.
The scene sparked a state of anger, which led to the South Sudanese embassy in Cairo to open an investigation into the incident.
The embassy concluded that the video, which appears to have appeared for the first time on Tik Tok, depicts Akok Kul, a 14-year-old asylum seeker and his family registered with the United Nations refugee agency in Egypt.
The incident was filmed last Friday in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, and the boy was shown insulted, beaten and forced to wash dishes.
The embassy said: “His genitals were also exposed to a source of flame.”
Joseph Mom Majak, South Sudan’s ambassador to Egypt, said in a message posted on Twitter that he has taken measures to ensure the safety of Akok Kul and his family.
He said, “The authorities arrested the perpetrators and detained them for two weeks for investigation.”
The Egyptian embassy in Juba also issued a statement denouncing the “unjustified behavior” in the video, saying that it does not represent Egyptian values.