SPLA Kills 10 at Christian College in South Sudan
ICC Note: 10 people were killed in an attack on a Christian college in South Sudan. These people included multiple children and security guards. It is believed that the attack was conducted by the Sudan People’s Liberation Army.
05/17/2018 South Sudan (Christian Today) – At least 10 people have been killed in an attack on a Christian college in South Sudan.
Emmanuel Christian College (ECC) in Goli, Yei County was attacked on Monday, according to religious persecution watchdog Open Doors. Those killed included five children (one secondary and four primary school pupils), three guards, and a father and son who had sought refuge in the Goli region. The 14-year-old daughter of a college staff member was raped by the attackers, while the rest of the building’s offices, classrooms and accommodation were vandalised and looted.
Though details remain scarce, witnesses are reportedly blaming the Sudan People’s Liberation Army for the attack.
The college is a training institution that Open Doors established in partnership with the Sudan Evangelical Presbyterian Church. The college management is working with state authorities regarding the next steps.
‘It is indeed a sad day when innocent people, including children, are attacked at a spiritual institution that is renowned internationally for advancing the gospel in an ethnically diverse setting,’ said JP Pretorius, the regional director for Open Doors’ work in sub-Saharan Africa.
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