Teachers Arrested at Christian School In South Sudan, Others Restricted from Leaving to Aid Muslim Takeover

Christians pray during Easter Sunday service at Episcopal Church of the Sudan Diocese of Khartoum All Saints Cathedral in Khartoum, April 24, 2011.

Police in South Sudan arrested 12 staff members of a Christian school and restricted others from leaving the campus, accusing them of obstructing the work of a Muslim-owned business that is trying to take over the institution, according to reports.

The police action appears to be aimed at helping a Muslim investor belonging to “Education Vision” take over the Evangelical School of Sudan, which is situated in Omdurman, the largest city in the country and Khartoum State, Morning Star News reported.

All those arrested, including the Rev. Idris Karntina, are members of the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church, which is reportedly resisting repeated obstructions of the school’s functioning by people from Education Vision.

While all those arrested have been released, more such arrests are expected, according to SPEC moderator Rev. Yahia Abdelrahim Nalu. Some school staff were arrested earlier also.

Despite the secession of South Sudan in 2011, persecution of Christians not only continued but intensified with President Omar al-Bashir promising to adopt a stricter version of sharia.

In February, persecution watchdog group International Christian Concern’s East Africa team interviewed two Christian pastors from South Sudan on behalf of The Christian Post, both of whom were previously imprisoned in Sudan for their faith and who spoke about the separation of the two countries.

Pastor Michael Yat told ICC in response to CP’s questions that when he moved to South Sudan after its independence and took up a new assignment with the South Sudan Evangelical Presbyterian Church, “little did I know that Sudan had declared war against Christians. So, I was arrested the second day after preaching in a certain church in Khartoum. That is when I was put in jail that lasted me nine months.”

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Anugrah Kumar