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Friday, October 21, 2016
Sudan: air attack on Christian town kills three
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¬†An aerial bombardment on the town of Narus, in the extreme south of Sudan, has killed two adults and a child of six. Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) has just heard this news from Bishop Paride Taban, from the diocese of Torit. The three victims were severely injured in the market square at the end of last month. They were rushed to a hospital across the border in the Kenyan town of Lokichokio, but died a few hours later. Bishop Taban narrowly escaped during the bombing, which destroyed his house and the Saint Bakhita girls' boarding school. For 18 years, the radical Islamic government of Arab-dominated North Sudan has been waging a war of annihilation against the predominantly Christian black African tribes, the Dinka and the Nuer, in the south of the country. More than two million lives have been lost and four and a half million people have been displaced from their traditional homelands. Despite the persecutions, ACN says the number of Christians continues to grow. Around 15 percent of the 30 million Sudanese are Christians today. The head of ACN's Africa desk, Christine du Coudray, attributes this growth partly to the courageous stance of the bishops, who frequently speak out on behalf of their people. Last year the charity gave £40,000 towards the training of seminarians, the construction of new churches, provision of transport for pastoral work and the extension and furnishing of the catechetical centre in Nzara, in the diocese of Tombura Yambio.
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