Middle East and North Africa

Pastor and his wife killed in an attack in South Sudan

Police in South Sudan have confirmed that a pastor and his wife have been killed.

Another pastor was critically wounded when he tried to assist his fellow pastor during the attack on Saturday night (12 May 2018).

A police spokesman said an investigation was at the early stages. The Police are not giving the names of the victims but said the wounded pastor is being treated at the hospital at Gedele Block Five, Juba. The bodies of the pastor and his wife were taken to the morturary of Juba Teaching hospital.

Caritas, a Christian network of aid charities has warned that South Sudan is “heading towards a scenario of despair.” Bishop Erkolano Lodu Tombe of Yei, said South Sudan, the world’s youngest independent country has quickly become a “forgotten crisis”.

“People are living in constant fear and insecurity, suffering mentally, physically and are starving,” Caritas in South Sudan said. “In the coming months heavy rains will add to the already untold suffering for the people.”

UN reports say between 50,000 and 300,000 people have been killed in South Sudan since its independence in July 2011, in a power tussle between President Salva Kiir and his former Vice President, Dr Riek Machar since their fall out in December 2013.

Meanwhile the conflict has seen the targeting of Christians and christian communities by militia groups fighting both for the government and the rebels supporting Machar.

 

Hassan John is West Africa Editor, GCN and Priest of the Anglican Diocese of Jos

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