West & Central Africa

Christians flee after the killing of catechist in South Sudan

Many Christians fled the city of Lomen, South Sudan when armed gunmen attacked the Sacred Heart Parish of Kajo-Keji, on Sunday January 22 killing five people including the catechist, popularly called Lino.

Father Jesus Aranda, a Comboni missionary said that Christians in the parish have fled across the border to neighboring Uganda to seek safety from further attacks.

The towns in the region have been attacked by troops loyal to the South Sudan government of President Kiir on several occasions, according to reports.

In another development the Archbishop of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in South Sudan, Clement Joseph Arkangelo, has pleaded with the warring factions come together and find peaceful ways of resolving their differences. The Archbishop urged all tribes in South Sudan to live with mutual respect, and understanding in order to foster peaceful coexistence.  The Adventist leader called on his group to keep praying for the protection of the scattered families in the region due to the conflicts.