Members of the Khartoum Bahri church jailed in Dec. 2014.

Khartoum re-arrests pastor, holds others 'pending serious charges'

Published: May 27, 2016

Five months since his initial detention, Sudan’s intelligence agency has re-arrested a local pastor. Rev. Kuwa Shamal joins at least two more Christian leaders in prison, awaiting charges that could carry the death penalty. He was re-arrested on 24 May by members of the National Intelligence and ...

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Lost, then found, then lost

On 19 May, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari held a ceremony at the presidential palace to meet Amina Ali Nkeki, 19, the first of the 219 girls kidnapped from their Chibok school in April 2014 to be found alive. The girl was there with her new baby, and her elderly mother.

The three haven't been heard from since.

Premium Times has the bizarre testimony of Nkeki's older brother, Noah, who says he attended the ceremony, then was told by government officials that he would be able to see his sister and mother the following day, after a doctor's examination.

The brother is still waiting. So is Yakubu Nkeki, chairman of the Chibok Parents' Association, who also attended the 19 May ceremony. “None of us knows where she is,” he was quoted as saying, five days later. The Premium Times report is a tale of federal, state and military spokesmen pointing fingers at one another.

Village rumour results in 'attack on Copts'

At least two Copts were injured and seven homes burned when angry villagers ran amok after a rumoured affair between a married Christian man and a Muslim woman in Minya, 250km south of Cairo.

According to local Christian sources, scores of Muslims ransacked and torched several properties belonging to the Copts of al-Karam, Abu-Qurqas, on the evening of 20 May.

An elderly woman, said to be the mother of the alleged Christian lover, was stripped of her clothing and paraded near her home.

Law enforcers arrived hours late, despite being informed three days earlier of threats against Ashraf Attiya, 31, and his family by the Muslim woman’s estranged husband.

Egyptian newspaper Youm7 quoted the Coptic Orthodox Bishop of Minya as saying that "no fair-minded person can tolerate such conduct," and urging authorities not to "stand idle" but to bring wrongdoers to justice.

Police have arrested five suspects, but the situation remains tense.

Coptic monk kidnapped in Darfur released

An Egyptian-born monk has been released, 40 days after he was abducted in Sudan’s embattled Darfur region, reports Fides.

Rev. Ghabrial al-Antony, a Coptic Orthodox monk working in Nyala, South Darfur, was kidnapped on 14 April by an armed group, not far from the refugee camp in Atash.

According to Coptic Church sources, the monk was released without ransom. Early reports spoke of demands for a ransom of five-million Sudanese pounds ($822,000).

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