South Sudan | Extremists Kill And Abduct Church Attendees

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By Emily Watt | 15 September 2020

At least 23 people were killed and another 20 wounded after armed extremists stormed an Anglican church compound.

“After killing people in the church, the gunmen went to the homestead village and killed people there,” Bishop Aymon told the media. “The gunmen burned down the whole village in Makol Chei. So far, we have six people missing, and we’re not sure whether they’re dead or alive. Six children were also abducted.”

Extremist violence across South Sudan has now displaced over 60,000 people. With several organisations forced out of the country, lives and the future of the church in the country is at extreme risk.

Open Doors spokesperson for Sub-Saharan Africa, Jo Newhouse, said: “We join the call on the government to do all in its power to protect civilians against attacks like these. The only way to resolve the crisis is for all parties to respect peace agreements and to prosecute those who are found guilty of breaching those agreements.

“The church has an important role to play in building peace at a grassroots level, encouraging everyone involved to respect human dignity as they resolve their differences.”

Please pray for South Sudanese Christians.

Pray For South Sudan:

  • Pray for peace, comfort and healing for those affected by extremism.
  • Pray that Christians will remain steadfast in their faith with the courage to remain and share the gospel.
  • Praise God that He has the power to transform even the hardest hearts. Pray His love is accepted by extremists.

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