Scores of female church workers were massacred last month as they sought refuge at a church in the central South Sudanese town of Bor.
The women, several of whom were elderly, had fled rebel attacks to hide in the St Andrew’s Episcopal Church compound, when rebels descended on them, raping several of them before shooting them at close range. Five of the women worked as pastors in the church.
Since the conflict erupted, several churches have been attacked and looted, and pastors harassed. In Malakal, the St Francis Catholic Church compound was attacked and looted in mid-January, and the priest robbed. The local Anglican and Evangelical churches were also looted.
The most affected areas are the north-eastern states of Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile. Bor, the headquarters of Jonglei State, was totally destroyed, with houses, food stores, shops, banks and churches burnt down and looted.
Source: World Watch Monitor
- Plead with the Lord to intervene, to bring a cessation of the brutality and bloodshed.
- Pray for those who have lost loved ones and livelihoods, ask the Lord to strengthen them, provide for them and comfort them in their sufferings.
- Pray the Lord will use this time of unrest to strengthen His church and draw many into His kingdom.