An attack on Christian Faculty Emanuel (ECC) in Goli, South Sudan, has killed at least 10 people, including five children, three guards and a father and son who were refugees from the Mundri. The attackers also raped a 14-year-old girl, the daughter of an official. Office, classrooms and homes were vandalized and looted.
The college board has reported the incident to the authorities and is helping them with next steps. Emanuel Christian College is a training institution that was built by Portas Abertas in partnership with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Sudan in 2001. The goal was to promote training in theology, church ministries and community development for people of all denominations. With the end of the war and with the division of the country in 2011, Portas Abertas is passing on the faculty ownership to the local church.
In response to the attack, JP Pretorius, regional director of Open Doors in Sub-Saharan Africa, said: “It is indeed a sad day when innocent people are attacked in an institution that is internationally recognized for expanding the gospel in an ethnically diverse context. We call on the international Christian community to pray for ECC staff and for the church in South Sudan. “