Sudanese Military, Militants Kill Christians and Attack Churches

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Christian Persecution in Sudan

By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News' International Correspondent

KHARTOUM, SUDAN (Worthy News)-- Sudanese Military agents killed one Christian and Islamic militants another last week after attacking churches in Sudan's embattled South Kordofan state.

Christian sources said a Sudan Armed Forces Intelligence unit shot Nimeri Philip Kalo, a student at St. Paul Major Seminary, near the gate of the United Nations Mission in Sudan; Kalo and other Christians were fleeing after Muslim militias loyal to the SAF attacked and looted churchs in Kadugli.

Sources said the SAF military intelligence agents accused Kalo of being a Christian opposed to their Islamic government.

"They shot him in front of our eyes and forced us not to cry, or else we would face the same fate," said an anonymous Christian source.

On the same day, Islamic militants shouting "Allahu-akbar" used a sword to kill Adeeb Gismalla Aksam, 33, a bus driver whose father is an elder with the Evangelical Church in Kadugli.

Muslim militants also shot at a Roman Catholic Church during mass while the congregation asked God for protection.

"As we were praying, they started to pour bullets at us to the point that we were terribly scared," said a survivor of the attack.

The SAF and its militias also set fire to structures belonging to the Episcopal Church of Sudan and the Sudanese Church of Christ in Kadugli.

"The churches and pastors were directly targeted," said The Rt. Rev. Bishop Andudu Adam Elnail of the Episcopal Diocese of Kadugli. "The guesthouse in Kadugli, where my staff lives, was looted. The militias and SAF broke into the church building, taking all property, including the sound system, projector, beds, chairs and two motorbikes."

Sources in Sudan said Christians are calling their brothers and sisters worldwide to pray for the crisis in South Kordofan.

"The situation is critical -- we need other Christians to fast and pray for us," they said.

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