BREAKING: South Sudan Episcopal Church Pastor Gone Missing
Jan 04, 2017(Nyamilepedia) —— Rt. Rev Noel Knight, the Dean of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan and Sudan Diocese of Lui, has disappeared.
According to reports extended to Nyamilepedia by concern elders of Lui Cathedral, South Sudan, Rev Noel was picked up by “unknown gunmen” at 6pm at his house yesterday.
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Speaking on behalf of the Lui Cathedral and on behalf of the family, Rev. Evans Mustafa said Rev. Noel was picked up at 6pm yesterday and until this morning, his where about remains unknown. The Church suspects South Sudan National Security.
“Good morning to all of you, for your information Rev. Noel Knight Dean of Lui Cathedral was taken by unknown gun ( suspected to be South Sudan Security) man around 6 Pm yesterday evening, and until now his where about is not known, so let us prayer for his fast and immediate release.” Rev. Evans said.
Responding from Nairobi, Kenya, Rev. Dr. Wesley Bokati Natana Abraham, another concerned South Sudanese elder calls on South Sudan National Security to immediately and safely release Rev. Noel Knight, a servant of God.
“On behalf of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan and Sudan Diocese of Lui and on my own behalf as a concerned South Sudanese elder, i appeal to the government of South Sudan National Security Agency to immediately and safely release Rev. Noel Knight, who is a servant of God and has done nothing wrong to be arrested.” Rev. Wesley Bokati said.
Rev. Noel Knight was appointed the new Dean of the Cathedral, taking over on the retirement of Rev Joseph Philip.
In other reports, Archbishop Daniel Deng Bul Yak, former caretaker bishop of the Diocese of Malakal and of the Diocese of Yei, was seen being closely guarded by heavily armed uniformed soldiers or militias.
The snapshot which has been trending for the last one week on social media seems to suggest that the Archbishop could be fearing for his life and needed some protections.
Other bishops, who have commented on South Sudan politics or on the suffering of civilians in IDPs camps have declared that it would be better to die than to be alive and silenced as situation continues to deteriorate.