On January 15, Fr. Joseph Makwey and Fr. Sylvester Mogga were kidnapped in the parish of St. Josephine Bakhita, in Rabak, 60 kilometers south of Khartoum, Sudan. Neighbors to the parish said they saw a truck full of people break through the parish gate.
The kidnappers had promised to release yesterday the two priests, but so far have not done so.
As you may know, the country formerly named Sudan had experienced a long civil war. The northern part of the country was largely Muslim and the southern part Christian. This past summer, the southern regions won their independence and now is the internationally recognized sovereign nation of South Sudan.
According to sources, the kidnappers belong to a Shiluk militia that has been in conflict with another ethnic group, the Dinka.
Bishop Daniel Adwok of Khartoum, Sudan, has said the Sudanese authorities must be called to account for brushing off recent kidnappings.
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Let us pray for Frs. Makwey and Mogga and their safe return.