Missionaries in southern Sudan say the Islamic government bombed a
Christian school, injuring students and parents in the latest example of
what some are calling official Christian persecution by the regime.
The latest attack came Thursday, March 23. According to eyewitnesses,
a Russian-made MU2 Antonov aircraft, with Sudanese
government markings, made six bombing runs over the grounds of the
Christian Liberty Academy in Western Equatoria, dropping one or two
250-pound shrapnel bombs at a time. No fatalities were reported.
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More than 100 high school age students from the Moru tribe are
enrolled in the recently completed boarding school facility, which is
being sponsored and financed by the Christian Liberty Academy of
Arlington Heights, Illinois, a 910-student school on the edge of
Chicago. Students, parents, and others were making final preparations
at the school when the attack came.
Following the bombing, Dr. Paul D. Lindstrom, a Christian activist,
educator and superintendent of the Christian Liberty Academy education
system, which has schools in Russia, Surinam, South Africa and
elsewhere, called for "total U.S. sanctions" against the Islamic
government in Khartoum.
"We are outraged by the continuing persecution of black Christians,
moderate Muslims, animists, and other non-Muslims in southern Sudan by
the military regime in Khartoum who controls the Sudanese government,"
he said. "It is accurate to say that the government of Sudan is engaged
in genocide, especially against the black African Sudanese. And the
silence of the U.S. government to all of this is deafening. I am calling
on Christians across America, as well as our tens of thousands of
Christian Liberty home schooling families in all 50 states, to
immediately contact their senators and representatives in Congress. We
want total U.S. sanctions against Sudan and the providing of military
arms to the south."
Lindstrom said that a Christian Liberty staff member would be leaving
for southern Sudan tomorrow to assess the damage and help in the