Persecution watchdog group Open Doors reports that at least 10 people have been killed and a 14-year-old girl was raped earlier this week at a Christian college it helped to construct in South Sudan.
Open Doors said Friday that the attack on Emmanuel Christian College in Goli, Yei County, took place on Monday, though details are still coming out.
The victims at the college, which is a training institution Open Doors constructed in partnership with the Sudan Evangelical Presbyterian Church, include three ECC guards and five students who attended the Emmanuel Christian Academy. The two other victims were a father and son who had been seeking refuge in Goli.
The 14-year-old girl who was raped is the daughter of a staff member, who wasn’t named. The attack also saw the college’s offices, library, classrooms and staff houses vandalized and looted.
It is not year clear who carried out the attack. Witnesses have reportedly placed the blame on the Sudan People’s Liberation Army, which is the war-torn nation’s military. But Open Doors noted that it’s not clear why the soldiers would have attacked the college.
“We call on the international Christian community to rally in prayer around staff at the ECC and the church in South Sudan,” urged JP Pretorius, Open Doors’ regional director for sub-Saharan Africa.
“We also call on the international community to do whatever it can to help bring an end to the hostilities in South Sudan and on the South Sudan government to take swift action to bring the perpetrators to justice.”
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Source: Christian Post