Bishop Targeted, Shot in South Sudan 

04/27/2021 Sudan (International Christian Concern) – Christian Carlassare, the new Catholic bishop of Lakes state church in South Sudan, was attacked by two gunmen on Sunday night when they broke into his home and shot him.

Speaking to Nation news on Monday, Lakes State Acting Information Minister William Kocji said:  “The bishop was attacked by two gunmen who went to his residence at the church compound and asked him to open his door, after failing to open, they started shooting at the door before forcing their way in.”   

He added: “After entering the house, the gunmen ordered the bishop to sit down before they shot his leg. This was a targeted attack, he is in stable condition, but he might be taken to Nairobi for further treatment.”   

Carlassare underwent emergency surgery at a local hospital and was later transferred to Kenya to receive further medical care.

“Do not pray for me but for the people of Rumbek who are suffering more than me,” the bishop said in a statement.

It is unclear why this attack took place. As of now, no one has claimed the attack and it has not been announced if the attackers demanded money or were trying to get rid of the church.

South Sudan is a majority Christian Nation, but has been going through strife and struggle since it gained independence in 2011. As the youngest country in the world, South Sudan has been mired in a civil war ever since. Sudan, who they gained independence from, has been accused of inciting the revolts and attacks from rebels in South Sudan.  This conflict has made South Sudan the most unstable government in the world as well as one of the most dangerous countries to live in. 

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