South Sudan became an independent country in 2011. It is about 60% Christian, mostly Roman Catholic and Anglican. The murder of these nuns comes amid “a troubling trend of increased jihadist attacks” in the country.

By grace of God and the blessings of His Beatitude Theodore II, the Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, Metropolitan Narkissos (Gammoh) of Nubia founded the first Orthodox Christian missionary center in South Sudan in 2015. See details here.

For previous coverage of the persecution of Christians in South Sudan, see here.

“South Sudan: Two Nuns ‘Killed in Cold Blood,'” International Christian Concern, August 19, 2021:

08/19/2021 South Sudan (International Christian Concern) – “Our sisters were killed in cold blood,” Sister Christine John Amaa of the Congregation of the Sacred Heart of Jesus told Vatican News.

According to the news source, Sister Mary Daniel Abut and Sister Regina Roba were travelling with a group of nine sisters when gunmen ambushed their minivan on August 16th,  along South Sudan’s Juba-Nimule highway.

Mission Network News also reported the incident, adding that a troubling trend of increased jihadist attacks is emerging in the country.

“Islam is now invading South Sudan. They’re saying South Sudan is a strategic place and that [it] will be the gate to Africa [so that] Islam can go to all of Africa,” a believer told Mission Network News.