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05/20/2021 South Sudan (International Christian Concern) – According to Anglican News, the Primate of South Sudan, Archbishop Justin Badi-Arama, has called for prayers in the aftermath of a weekend attack which killed 13 and injured 8 in the northern village of Dungob Alei.

Archbishop Badi-Arama described the village as being “barbarically attacked by militiamen of Sudan since around 5.30 am on Sunday 16 May, killing 13 people and wounding eight others. The fighting is still continuing up to now [late Monday night].”

While the perpetrators of the attack remain unknown, a statement from the Episcopal Church of South Sudan said that the Diocese of Abyei sits in “an area that experiences Islamic encroachments followed by harassment, intimidation and frequent attacks carried out by Arab Islamic militias”.

South Sudan is a majority Christian Nation that gained independence in 2011, making it the youngest country in the world and one that has been mired in a civil war since its beginning. Sudan, who they gained independence from, has been accused of inciting revolts and attacks from rebels in South Sudan, creating a conflict which has made South Sudan the most unstable government in the world as well as one of the most dangerous countries to live in.

Archbishop Justin Badi-Arama has called for “an end to this senseless violence by the few in a country where Christians and Muslims live side by side…your prayers for the people of the Diocese of Abyei are requested along with prayers for wisdom and protection for Bishop Michael Deng Bol as he ministers in this situation.” Please join ICC in praying for South Sudan.

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