According to Nuba Reports, five children from the same family were killed when a bomb hit their home during a government air raid on Heiban market on Thursday, October 16. The children died as they tried to run for cover.
An Antanov airplane dropped four bombs on the market; a fifth bomb slammed into the children’s house. Their mother is in a state of extreme shock. Four other people were also killed during the attack; and fifteen were injured, including two other children. Farms with valuable crops such as maize, sorghum and sesame were also ruined, as was precious livestock.
Two weeks ago, government forces dropped 15 bombs on the village of Mardes. The attacks come at the end of the rainy season, which the Nuba people have come to know as the start of the bombing season. According to Nuba Reports, nearly 800 bombs were dropped in the South Kordofan region last year.
In a separate incident in neighboring Central African Republic (CAR), Seleka fighters killed two church leaders in an attack on Nana Bakassa and its surrounding areas, in CAR’s northwest. Seleka gunmen fatally shot Wanam Thomas, pastor of the Lutheran Brethren Church as he fled the assault on a bicycle. In Bolio, gunmen shot dead Goninga Yannick, a catechist with the Bolio Catholic Church, as he returned home from a retreat. It is not clear how many others were killed, injured or displaced in the attack. Open Doors has been unable to confirm reports that the militants also burned a church. Pastor Wanam, in his sixties, leaves behind a wife and four children. Goninga leaves behind a wife and twelve children.
Father, we bring before You these precious lives, snuffed out in acts of violence. We pray for their families; that they would know the tender embrace of their souls as You comfort them. We pray for Christians in the Nuba Mountains and in CAR as they reel from the trauma of these attacks. Strengthen them with the presence of Your Spirit within them. Grant them courage to face each day and wisdom to respond in ways that honor You. We pray for peace to return to these nations that have too long been beleaguered by war. We pray for total disarmament of the armed groups in CAR and for the government of Sudan to ruler her people with justice and compassion. In the midst of all these tragic circumstances, we pray for Your gospel to bring about an outpouring of Your Spirit on these lands; that a multitude might turn to Christ in repentance; that lives and governments might be transformed, and that a mighty voice of praise might be lifted up to Christ.